The evening was cold, the light quickly fading as the sun continued to set, giving way to the night. A slight wind picked up, storm clouds lingering above all day, finally seeming to make their threat of rain a reality. The leaves in the tree rattled, several falling to the ground. Shades of yellow and brown littered the forest floor, the most obvious sign of autumn. An owl hooted from a high branch, ignoring how it swayed. Its wide eyes glowed in the dim light of the half-full moon, watching the ground for any signs of a rodent to prey on. It hooted again, flapping its wings in the slight wind, stretching and preparing to catch a meal.
Down below, a doe grazed on the grass that had yet to go dormant for the colder months, taking a small step forward to get to another clump. Her fawn stayed close behind, eyes shining in the darkness while her mother ate.
Everything seemed peaceful, quiet. Normal. Until a truck drove into the woods, stopping when the trees became too thick to drive around. The owl tilted its head, hooting again before flying away, disturbed by the presence of humans. The deer instantly lifted her head, catching the glow of the headlights before they shut off. Her ears pivoted forward, and she dashed away with her fawn at her heels. The two were gone from sight in a matter of seconds.
A man got out of the vehicle, a woman soon following with a pink bundle in her arms. She held no concern for the sneezing infant who was not warm enough in the chilly weather. The blanket it was wrapped in was too thin, not appropriate for the poor weather conditions. The couple walked further and further into the woods, eventually coming to a small clearing. The man nodded to the woman, and she nodded back.
Unceremoniously, she set the baby girl, who could be no more than a few weeks old, on the ground. She reached for her mother, who simply scoffed at the infant and turned her back to her. Hand in hand, the couple left, abandoning their young daughter. It took the poor girl several minutes to realize that she was alone, and she began to whimper, crying as she felt raindrops on her face. She shivered, wailing louder and louder in the hopes that it would draw her parents back. However, the young couple didn't return, their truck long gone.
The rain just kept pouring and pouring, almost completely shrouding the infant's tears and cries.