Monsters at the Gates: Part 4
I am on the move as I write to you. The Wendigo breached the walls of the old city two nights ago. The Armed Men tell us they have been contained, but I am not interested in taking any chances. If they broke through once, they will find a way to break through again. Sometimes at night I can hear their ghastly howling ricocheting through the empty streets. They grow far too close for my comfort. I will not be a sitting duck.
So for now, I am traveling with a small group to City Hall, in the center of town. I have not yet made up my mind, but I am seriously considering signing up with the Armed Men once we get there. I know I spoke of it, mostly in jest, in my previous message. It may seem like a foolish decision, but I am tired of living in hiding, hoping these monsters will simply fade away. Perhaps if I fight them head on, I will at least feel that I am doing something. If nothing else, maybe you and I will be reunited.
What you discovered in Mother’s book left me unsettled. The thought that our blood may have been involved in the creation of those monsters makes my soul shudder. I can remember when Mother worked at the research complex outside the city. She was so happy back then. And then one day it was over. She never talked about it, not even with father. Perhaps she saw our future. Perhaps that is why she left us.
I hope, dear Charlotte, that you are able to find something of use in her notes. Just imagine if there was a way to stop the Wendigo for good… I will keep my hope burning — for all of us.
I must go. We are about to start walking again, so I will bid you a fond farewell until the next time.
Stay safe, dear sister.
All my love,
This piece is the fourth instalment of my story about sisters Charlotte and Annabelle.
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c : relationship by descent from a common ancestor : kinship
d : persons related through common descent : kindred
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