On the face of it, the woods belonging to the Foster family appear perfectly normal. But on closer inspection, it's clear that there's something unusual, even enchanted about them. For one thing, the local road stops right at the entrance of the woods, indicating that this isn't a place which is often explored.
Yet even if there were a path, there's such a weird atmosphere about the woods that no one would want to enter anyway. Even the cows know to stay away. Their animal instinct tells them that this is not a place they should go anywhere near, no matter how much luscious grass there might be in the vicinity.
It's somewhat ironic, to say the least, that a forest containing within its depths a spring of enteral youth should give off such an enervating atmosphere. The spring may give eternal youth to those who drink from it, but the woods themselves have a strangely dead quality about them. It's a quality that repels both man and beast. The woods may be shrouded in magic, but if they are...
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