Typeset in Berkeley Book by Avon DataSet Ltd,Bidford on Avon, WarwickshireHodder Childrenâ€™s Booksa division of Hachette Childrenâ€™s Books338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BHAn Hachette UK companywww.hachette.co.ukFor Molly R.Branches whipped my face as I ran and my cheek stung where it had beenlashed. I pushed forward, warm blood on my lips, my heart thudding fasterin my chest. Above me, the night clouds slid uneasily over the pale moon.Beyond me I heard the crunch of boots on snow and glimpsed the darkfigure winding through the dense trees. I was so close I could cry, but heslipped quickly out of sight. I should have called out. But the unknown keptme silent.As I reached the clearing, a spot I knew well at the base of the hill, I heardthe sound of a truck groaning slightly along the mountain road. I came to ahalt and then stood, panting, to see nothing but the black curving tarmacand the half-moon in the sky.Whoever he was, he had disappeared.