Monsters at the Gates: Part 4


Monsters at the Gates: Part 4

Dearest Charlotte,

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.

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 3
Monsters at the Gates: Part 5

This is my submission for this week’s Trifecta writing challenge. The word this week is blood and the third definition is as follows:

3 a : lifeblood; broadly : life
b : human stock or lineage; especially : royal lineage <a prince of the blood>
c : relationship by descent from a common ancestor : kinship
d : persons related through common descent : kindred
(1) : honorable or high birth or descent (2) : descent from parents of recognized breed or pedigree

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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40 thoughts on “Monsters at the Gates: Part 4

  1. I love the use of the letter/email in fiction. It can convey so much in the language used. I had to go back and look at the other pieces and I really enjoyed them. Looking forward to Pt 5 LM x

  2. I’ve missed this story! I hope she joins up with the Armed Men. Shoot those Wendigo in the face haha 😀

  3. I love the way you just slipped the word blood in there. I’m really enjoying this series and learning more about Charlotte, Annabelle and the Wendigo.

  4. Nice addition to your previous installments. I love the language of the letters, the tone, the emotion. The prompt word is seamlessly entwined. Very nice.

  5. Suzanne, excellent, all the way thorough, but it was the ending that really got me…

    Stay safe, dear sister.

    All my love,

    I’m envious. I wish my sisters and I were that close:)

    I just love your writing!

  6. Ha, I just watched the Wendigo episode of Supernatural the other night and they are fascinating monsters. The narration read so smoothly that it reminded me of letter reading in movies, background to the preparation for action.

  7. I can really feel the bleakness of the world coming through the letter, and Annabelle’s sense of determination despite any clear reason to hope. Awesome continuation Suzanne!

  8. Thrilled to see the story of Wendigs continue:-)Am also happy that Annabelle has used her prudence to move to the centre of the city & may get into “action” mode soon-loved it Suzanne:-)

  9. Suzanne, in just this brief glimpse, I love this character-that is true talent:-)

    Thank you very much for your compliment and letting me know my link was wonky. In my haste somehow I put in a double http/: or maybe it was the dread auto fill…

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