The forest seemed huge and forbidding to him as he stood in the road at its edge and contemplated traversing it to reach his destination.
The decision to leave made, he had begun to walk, but he did not feel threatened.
The valley he was leaving was empty of all life now, and he felt sadness at the thought of leaving the land of his youth.
The road through the forest was his pathway to adulthood.
His Father had walked it, and braved its challenges, as had HIS Father, and HIS Father's Father before him.
And so, it now was his turn, and slowly, tentatively, he stepped forward and set out....
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