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This was a pleasant read. The story was set up well. It pulled me in. It was clear as it formed a clear image in my mind as I read it. Lena remained a mystery the right amount of time. I knew her behavior was a little off, but I was left wondering why as the story continued. Was she an alien? A wood elf? A genie? Some kind of nature spirit?
Then came the twist and the answer was clear. Nicely done.
I was left horrified, heart broken and thoroughly entertained. I think this will make a nice short film.
The logline was intriguing, but I was surprised that Lena was in her early 20s because the logline mentions a "girl," as does the last sentence before Lena's introduction, which threw me a little because when I read "girl," I think, kid, but that just might be me.
I found Lena's character interesting with her off-beat behavior. I did wonder if Lena's ultimate goal is to get Austin into the sinkhole; shouldn't she lure him toward it rather than him stumbling upon it?
The horror of getting dragged into a sinkhole is effective, but I did want to get a little more out of Austin's character. What's his relationship with the wilderness? Is it a place of escapism? Does he have any troubles back home? Is there a personal connection to this specific area?
Congrats on knocking this one out!
Commodus: But the Emperor Claudius knew that they were up to something. He knew they were busy little bees. And one night he sat down with one of them and he looked at her and he said, "Tell me what you have been doing, busy little bee..."
I too think you should call her a 'young woman', I was expecting a girl of younger age from your logline.
The only thing I would suggest is to amp up the Horror descriptions seeing as this is listed as such. I would also use a word such as decaying, rotting or even decomposing, rather than deteriorating, and probably towards the end be more graphic with the descriptions of flesh peeling off her.