Monsters at the Gates: Part 5


Monsters at the Gates: Part 5

My Dearest Annabelle,

I am comforted to hear you are traveling with a group. There is undoubtedly more safety in numbers these days. I wish you all safe travels to City Hall, though I truly hope you will reconsider joining the Armed Men. The Wendigo are a fierce and vicious enemy and as much as I long to see you again, I hope you will consider another way.

This evening, I am writing by the light of my screen and praying that my battery lasts long enough to send this message. The electricity in the house has been erratic over the last few days. I suspect the monsters have something to do with it, which fills me with terror if I think on it too long. Instead, I remind myself that this is what it must have been like for our ancestors when they first arrived on this planet. I try to imagine them, living, eating and writing by candlelight and battery-powered lamps in those first few years. For some reason, those thoughts bring me comfort.

I continue to comb through Mother’s notes. Today, I found a passage regarding an experiment they conducted at the research complex. Much of the writing is technical, but I am slowly learning how to interpret Mother’s notes. It seems that they were attempting to discover a treatment for those affected by the Contamination, which apparently occurred on our home planet. Perhaps there has been mention of this in the city? But for me, this was new information. I thought we came here to terraform, not to escape something terrible. It would seem that we have a darker past than most of us know.

Annabelle, I must go. The Wendigo are howling outside the house and Amelia is screaming.

I love you, dear sister. As always, stay safe.

Your devoted sister,


This piece is the fifth 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 4

This is also my submission for this week’s Trifecta writing challenge. The word this week is light (noun) and the third definition is as follows:

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.

In addition, Trifecta is community-judged this week, so if you like what you read, remember to come on back and vote Thursday night/Friday morning.


Image credit: © petar


36 thoughts on “Monsters at the Gates: Part 5

  1. Loved the way you used a letter to paint your picture, some great imagery. I could almost hear the Wendigo howling down here in my shed!

  2. I love the closeness of the sisters, and the concern that Charlotte has for Annabelle. I miss that with my own two sisters in real life. Gorgeous, Suzanne-and it just may inspire me to create a Charlotte and Annabelle of my own:)

  3. Ah, I’ve been awaiting a new installment of this! For some reason, I kept thinking this was more of a fantasy tale, not sci-fi! But it’s all the more interesting for it! (:

  4. Nice. I think it’s wonderful when you’re able to keep a story line going in these challenges. I’ve got one of my own 🙂 And this week’s installment (my first since the contest in November) follows in the footsteps started on the 100 Word Challenge. 🙂 I look forward to more!

  5. I liked the feeling of comfort that seemed to flow between the sisters, even through the distance of letter writing. It balances out the harsh world she lives in.

  6. I like the way that the old-fashioned tone of the letter juxtaposes with the tidbit of modern tech, then you’ve got your supernatural beasties howling in the wilderness mixed with interplanetary travel. You’re hitting all the right geek notes, and it flows together really well, natural – I think in the hands of a less talented writer it could end up wrecking the train 😉

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