Trifecta: Monsters at the Gates

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

Dearest Charlotte,

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.



Dearest Charlotte,

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,


For more in this series, check out these links:

Monsters at the Gates: Part 1
Monsters at the Gates: Part 3
Monsters at the Gates: Part 4
Monsters at the Gates: Part 5

This is my submission for this week’s Trifecta writing challenge. The word this week is exhaust (transitive verb) and the third definition is:

3a : to consider or discuss (a subject) thoroughly or completely
b : to try out the whole number of <exhausted all the possibilities>

Here are the rules:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone.  Please join us.


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29 thoughts on “Trifecta: Monsters at the Gates

  1. Ah,finally Annabelle has replied but alas,not much good news from her side.Loved the spirit she shows-the sisters are true fighters-not ones to give up easily-hoping that they are united & the Wendigos are vanquished somehow!Great story unfolding here Suzanne-looking forward to more:-)

  2. Wonderful how different Annabelle’s voice is from Charlotte’s, and the tone of the “city” – more cerebral, organizational – from the farm – more hand-on horror.
    Oh, and “yikes!”

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