Now, this is where the story takes a turn. It might take a turn for the worse, but you’ll have to be the judge of that. That is, if you decide to keep on reading. Hear this – up until this point in my nine years on earth, things had been fairly straightforward. After the day I went on that hike with my brother though, everything changed for me. It didn’t change overnight, but it changed. And it changed dramatically too. And I swear, as sure as I’m sitting here right now typing this story, my life changed in such a way that it consumes me. It consumes me to a point to where I can hardly think straight anymore. It consumes me to the point of oblivion.
My brother’s time is almost through in this story. I doubt I’ll even mention him more than a few times from here until the very end. He’s played a big part so far because he’s the one who brought me to the point that I’m going to discuss next. He’s the one who had been leading me and teaching me. But right after he left me in those woods that day and ran back to my father, I was through with him. I don’t mean I didn’t love my brother any more, all I mean is that I didn’t need him. Things started to change in my life from that moment on. I was on my own.