Due to popular demand, here is a follow-up to my piece from last week, Her Sister’s Keeper. Yep, it’s true, I do succumb to peer pressure!
Monsters at the Gates
The power was out for over a week. I don’t know how long it will stay on, but I am unquestionably still here and I’m always with you in spirit.
I hope you got my last message. I’m sorry I couldn’t reply to your emails before now. Things here in the city have been chaotic, even more so than after the accident. The power is only working sporadically, so I hope I am able to send this message before it goes out again.
I was heartbroken to read of your troubles. Harold and Will were good men, undeserving of such a brutal death. I truly hope you’ve been able to keep the monsters at bay. They are growing in numbers and regularly raid the outskirts of the city. So far, the Armed Men have kept them from penetrating the wall, but for how much longer, I don’t know.
I’ve heard rumours that groups of Armed Men are conducting their own raids, sweeping the countryside for survivors and supplies as they go. Hopefully they will find the farm.
Here in the city, they call the monsters the Wendigo, perhaps because of their preference for human flesh. Whatever you call them, they are smarter than we thought and they are becoming more organized. They attack in groups, as you’ve experienced, and I’ve heard accounts that liken their tactics to those of a wolf pack. They pick out the weak and then isolate them using panic and confusion.
I had heard that cutting off the head will kill a Wendigo – apparently it’s how the Armed Men dispatch of them. I hope, dear sister, that you keep a sharp blade with you at all times.
Oh Charlotte, you should have come with me. The thought of you alone on the farm is terrifying.
I will find a way to reunite us. I promise. I will exhaust every possibility, even if it means joining the Armed Men myself.
All my love,
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