Amanda stood near the bottom of the stairs staring at a spot in the woods. She recognized the woman and didn't know what to make of it.
She decided not to get the berries and she went back inside.
"That was quick," Todd said looking up from his phone.
"Well," Amanda said slowly, not sure on what to say to Todd. Then she sighed and sat down at the table. The table was already set with plates filled with food.
"I've been hallucinating again," Amanda said finally. That was probably the case.
"What about this time?" Todd asked. He didn't seem too concerned. He set his phone onto the table and sat down in front of the other plate.
"I keep seeing this woman," Amanda explained, "At first it was in my dream, but then she seems to be everywhere. This time I saw her in the woods about where the berries are."
Todd nodded a little as if to indicate that he understood. He didn't seem surprised at all.
"Did you try talking to her?" He asked.
"Well, no. Why would I do that?" While Amanda was glad Todd didn’t think she was crazy, the question surprised her.
"I was just curious," Todd said quickly and he started to eat. After he swallowed his first mouthful, he said, "Sometimes if you confront what is bothering you, it finally goes away, or at least that is what I read, somewhere." He winked at her.
Amanda about to tell him more but when she noticed that he was bothered by something she decided against it. Why should she add more to his stress by telling him that the real reason she decided not to pick berries is because she felt the woman's fear?