Ella had been lost for days.
Why had she made this deal with the devil?
But she knew she would take the deal again in a heartbeat. She would do anything for her family.
Yet, this never-ending maze was torturous. Exhausted, she dropped to her knees and let out a sob, which quickly turned into a desperate prayer.
Silence followed, then slowly her determination returned.
Getting to her feet, she navigated through the trees once more, arriving at a well-worn path.
Up ahead she saw an iron gate with the words “the way” written on it.
“Thanks”, she whispered.
For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a wrought iron gate with the words “the way” written on it. There’s a path beyond the closed gate leading into a tree-lined lane
This 99-word story was written in response to Sadje’s WDYS #137 challenge.