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Sinister Games On A Dark Mountain

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It was the darkest night of the year and the winter winds had finally arrived, biting into the skin of the traveler as he pushed onward through the forbidding forest. The villagers had warned him against venturing into the woods after sunset; they pleaded, saying that people had gone into the forest and had never been seen again. But he had a deadline to meet. The traveler was carrying a letter for the magistrate of the county beyond the mountains, a message warning of an impending attack from the south. The traveler had to get to the county before dawn or all would be lost, so he hurried deeper into the unfriendly wilderness. He paused, leaning against an ancient oak to catch his breath. Crack! The traveler’s heart froze in his chest. He looked around wildly, searching for the source of this sound. He was about to call out to determine if the noise had been caused by a person, but the words died in his throat as he heard laughter. The laughter sounded like that of a child but there was something off about it. There was a cruel twinge to the laughter, almost as if it was mocking him. The laughter subsided and was replaced by the sound of something scratching against wood. The scratching noise sounded almost metallic, as if it were made by a knife or a sword. The traveler drew his own blade and shouted “Identify yourself, friend or foe?” The scratching noise stopped abruptly and a child’s whisper replied, “Friend? I’d like very much to be your friend. Let’s play a game.” The traveler relaxed slightly, supposing that a child from the village must have followed him. He inquired, “What game would you like to play, little one?” The voice called out again, only this time in a much harsher and inhuman tone, “Let’s play hide and seek. I’ll count to ten while you hide. One…two…three…four…” With each number, an earsplitting scraping noise, the sound of two blades embracing only to be thrust apart again, sounded. A figure emerged from between two of the blackest gnarled oaks. The traveler froze. This shadowy outline was not that of a child. It was not even a man who stood across the clearing from the traveler. It was something far more sinister. As the being stepped further into the moonlight, its true form was revealed, an ungodly shape so horrific that the traveler fell backwards into the freezing mud at the base of a tree behind him. This monstrous fiend stood a head taller than any man; what must’ve been a bulky frame was clothed with a black hooded robe. The creature carried twin blades, two long twisted knives which, despite being caked in blood, glinted in the moonlight. The frightening figure’s face was shrouded by the shadow of his hood; only his scarlet eyes stood out in the darkness. The terrifying stranger drifted forward in an inhumanly graceful way, counting down as he began a sadistic game which would surely end in the traveler’s death.
Fearing for his life, the traveler scrambled backwards, into the oppressive darkness of the forest. He...

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