Monsters at the Gates: Part 3

Ancient Tome

Monsters at the Gates: Part 3

Dearest Annabelle,

I have never felt such relief as when I read your latest message. To know that you are still alive fills me with a renewed sense of hope.

The days have grown incrementally longer, which has lifted some of the spirits in the house, if only a touch. Poor Amelia still spends most of her waking moments weeping for Harold. That the monsters have not returned in several days is an added boon, even if it does lead me to wonder what they are planning in that stinking pit they now call home.

Your message roused some distant memories, so after reading it, I searched through Mother’s old books. I was sure she had spoken of the Wendigo once upon a time, many years ago. The memory was nestled with the fairy tales of our early childhood, when you were still a babe.

In any case, after several hours of searching, I found what I was looking for buried deep inside a dusty tome. There is a passage about the Wendigo that speaks of their creation. It is written in the old language, full of cryptic references and intimations that fall short of clarity. But encouragingly, Mother’s hand-written notes fill the margins. I am still working to decipher them all, though one thing has already become clear. The Wendigo are a creation of man.

I do not yet understand how they came to be the monsters that they are today. But Mother’s notes suggest we did something to infect them — calls it the Contamination — turning them into what now hunts us all.

Good sense tells me that we will be undone by these monsters, but — and perhaps it is simply the extra touch of sunshine — I am hopeful that Mother’s book carries the secret to our salvation.

That we must be saved from something of our own doing is a thought I will leave for darker days.

Until then, I will keep watch for the Armed Men.

Your devoted sister,


This piece is the third instalment of my story about sisters Charlotte and Annabelle.

For more in this series, check out these links:

Monsters at the Gates: Part 1
Monsters at the Gates: Part 2
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 infect and the third definition is as follows:

3a : contaminate, corrupt
  b : to work upon or seize upon so as to induce sympathy, belief, or support <trying to infect their salespeople with their enthusiasm>

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.

P.S. Trifecta is community-judged this week, so if you like what you’ve read, please come on back and vote.


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33 thoughts on “Monsters at the Gates: Part 3

    1. Thank you Björn! Yeah, I love the letter writing format – it gives a whole different structure to fiction. I will have to check out your Friday Fictioneers pieces.

  1. I remember the other installments – I really like the communications between these two. Looking forward to learning more about the wendigo and how these two might beat them!

  2. Awesome. Hints of Beowulf with a little Firefly flavoring (I’m thinking of the reavers, but if you have no idea what I’m talking about I wouldn’t be terribly surprised haha). Either way, not a word out of place. Great piece!

  3. Great writing! Charlotte has such a strong, individual voice. I missed the first two pieces, so I’ll have to go back and read them. The letter format works so well for this medium, too – it’s much easier to string them together in a cohesive way.

  4. Am so glad to see part 3 here Suzanne:-)Loved every bit of it -am also thrilled about the part of her finding her mom’s old book & that there may be still a way to end these Wendigos.

    My fav part of this piece was,”That we must be saved from something of our own doing …”-how apt!:-)

    1. Thank you Atreyee! I’m glad you’re enjoying the story so far – and I’m glad you liked that line. It’s one I was particularly pleased with!

  5. Whoa… am I glad I didn’t miss this. I really like Charlotte and Annabelle… and what will happen to them. I’ve been busy and missed the last couple of Trifecta go-arounds. I’m liking the mother’s notes in the margins and like the direction of this story, Suzanne. Can’t wait for a face to face.

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