Monsters at the Gates: Part 3
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.
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