Warning: the following chapter is not for those who can get easily sick to their stomach. It's goer ish... well not really hahaha
Note: The italicized paragraphs means you're reading a memory... you'll see what I mean.
"Information on the Wendigoes?" I asked, turning my head to look at the being standing behind me. The tall man nods his head and walks closer to me. "Wait, how did you find information?" I questioned. Feeling panicked, I began to ask a series of questions. "Last night? Is that why you left early? Was it the same Wendigo I saw? Was there more of them? Are you hurt-"
Hush child, Slender man tells me, placing his index and middle finger on my lips to silence me. Relax; I assure you I'm fine, he says, resting his hand on my shoulder and leading me towards the couch. I sat down and looked up at him. He places his hands on either side of my face, making me blush a faint pink color. Really, Thaddeus? Now's not the time to think inappropriate thoughts. This is important! Thaddeus, the information I'm about to show you is tragic and gruesome, he explains as he lowers himself down and rests on his knees. I need to know, before I show you anything, that you won't let these images affect you in anyway. Stay strong for me, alright?
My heart sped up in fear. What was Slender Man about to show me? I pulled away from his grasp and contemplated what he has told me. Should I really let Slender man show me what he has discovered or should I not? I am a very cowardly person that easily gets scared and sick to the stomach. Maybe I shouldn't let him show me… though; I am a very curios person.
"…Alright," I said before taking a deep breath. "I'll be strong,"
Alright, he said with a nod of his head. In order to show you the information, I need to transfer what I saw into your mind, he explained. Cupping my face with his hands once again, Slender man leans his head close to mine until his forehead was touching mine. The blush I had on my face grows darker as I gulped. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and clear your mind.
"O-okay," I stutter, doing everything he had told me to do.
Relax, he instructed, probably referring to my racing heart and tense body. I took long, deep breaths, until my heart was beating normally again. Thaddeus, I grant you access… He says as I felt a cold rush go through my body, almost like a shiver.
Suddenly, my eyes open. I was at a forest, sitting in front of a campfire with a group of 7 people surrounding me. They were all happy sharing stories, telling a joke or two, talking about the future. I looked over at the woman clutching onto my arm. Her name was Rose Tomson, and somehow I felt that she was a very important person to me. She had long blond hair, hazel eyes, a plump face, and a very skinny frame. She smiled up at me before placing a small kiss on my cheek.
"Who is she? Where am I?" I asked Slender Man. Am I watching a movie? No, this scenario feels too real.
I'm showing you the memory of a human named Wilson Quintana, Slender man answered. I'm showing you how this man was cursed in becoming a Wendigo.
The woman embracing my arm talked about how she couldn't wait for our wedding. She was so happy that she nearly sheds tears of joy. Kissing her forehead, I promised her that I would give her the world and that we would grow old together until death do us apart. She grinned warmly at me before we kissed each other.
We were then interrupted by a man in a red sweater named Rob Tomson. He is tall, has blond short hair, has chocolate colored eyes, has a plump face and has a well-built body. He warned me not to break his sister, Rose's, heart or he would hurt me in so many different ways. With a laugh, I assured him that I would make Rose the happiest woman in the world. He snorts before walking over to a man and sitting beside him. His name was Liam Salinas. He was a few centimeters shorter then Rob, had blue eyes, short black scene hair, a skinny face with high cheek bones, and was very skinny. He was Rob's lover…
Looking away from Rob and Liam, I glanced over at the other couples sitting on the other side of the campfire. Their names were Jamie Tzu, Jean McCormick, Lucy Styles, and Wendy brown. Jamie and Wendy have been dating for four years and Jean and Lucy are barely dating for a month or two. Everyone around me was happy and content. The future seemed bright and nothing could ruin the moment… or so it seemed.
A ruffling sound was heard from behind me. I turned my head and saw a woman in her mid-40's walking towards the group. She had curly hair that seemed like it hasn't been brushed in a while, she has brown eyes with large dark circles like she hadn't slept in days, and her skin was pale and her lips were dry, she was a wreck! Dragging her dirtied, long, blank dress on the ground, she got closer and closer. She asks, with a thick Spanish accent, if we've seen her missing son.
Jean answers her, telling her that we have not seen her missing son. He asks if she needs help and he even offers some of our food, but the woman refuses any help. She began to sob and covers her face with her hands, mumbling to herself while trembling. I stood up from my sitting position on the ground and approached her. I assured her that her son is okay and that we would help find him. Right when I rested my hand on her shoulder she stops crying and stares at me.
Her once brown eyes turn to gold as she smacks my hand away. She screams at me, telling me never to touch her and I apologize, trying so hard to calm her down. She then reaches her hand into her large pouch, that I just noticed she had, and rummages through her things. She then began to chant a language I didn't recognize and pulls out a small, round, brown container from her pouch. She waved her free hand around the vile and kept chanting at it until she opened it. Blue-ish powder sprung from it as she poured some of the powder in her hand.
I looked back, asking my friends if they knew what was happening. Earning a "no" from them, I turned back towards the woman only to have her throw the powder at my face. I yelp in surprise, and place my hands over my face. I coughed and sneezed a few times before falling to the ground. The world began to spin around and a huge wave of sleepiness came to me. The last thing I heard was my fiancé screaming my name before passing out.
The sound of screaming and begging woke me up. I snapped my eyes open, only to see that I was lying on the grass, with my hands tied behind my back and my feet tied together. I began to panic, and struggled against the rope binding my hands and feet. I looked at my surroundings. Thanks to the still lit campfire I was able to see Liam, Jamie and Lucy beside me, tied up as well. Jean, Wendy and Rose were nowhere to be found.
"Stop! Please!" Liam screamed as he struggled with his binds. Tears were running down his eyes as he continued to scream for mercy. I looked at the direction he was looking at.
"Oh my God!" I screamed, when I saw the woman in the black dress swing Jamie's axe down on Rob. "ROB!" I screamed, trying hard to break out of my binds.
She kept swinging the axe down on Rob's lifeless body, letting the blood splatter all over herself. Liam continued to scream until his voice grew hoarse. I looked away, not wanting to see any more of the brutal scene, and tried to find something that would help me escape. I called at Jamie and Lucy, trying to wake them up but they were still out cold. I looked back at Liam and tried to convince him to calm down and to help me find a way to escape, but he refused to listen. He wanted to desperately save an already dead Rob.
The woman then began to chant once again. I looked back at her only to see she had stopped chopping up Rob. She raised her hands up towards the sky and chanted as she kneeled on her knees. She grabbed Robs flesh and raised it towards the sky. Letting the meat fall to the ground she grabbed a black, round, container from the ground beside her and evenly scattered the powder, which was inside the container, on the raw flesh. Grabbing another round container, now red, she scattered the red powder on the flesh. She chanted once again with her raised hands.
I heard moaning coming from Jamie and Lucy. As they woke up, they began to panic and struggle. They screamed when they saw Robs body and tried to crawl away. I looked back at the woman and saw her slit her own wrist, letting her blood fall on the raw meat. She looked over at us and smiled wickedly. She grabbed an arm full of Rob's meat and walked over to us. She let it fall to the ground in front of us.
"You monster," Liam growled, glaring hard at the woman.
"Honored you should be for helping me find my son," she said, while kneeling in front of Liam. "You seem like a smart boy, your meat was made special," she said, grabbing a specific chuck of meat. She pressed it against Liam's lips, but he sneered and tried to bite her arm instead. The woman hisses at him
"You're crazy if you think I will eat that-" she smacked Liam across the face before grabbing his jaw and making him face her.
"Leave him alone!" I yelled, but the woman ignored me.
Her eyes glowed bright as she stared into Liam's eyes. He gazed into hers, not uttering a sound, not moving an inch. She smiled before pressing the meat on Liam's lips again. He eagerly accepts the meat and chews it, not breaking eye contact as tears roll down his face.
"Liam, what are you doing?!" Lucy cried, watching in horror as Liam swallowed the raw meat and accepted more meat into his mouth.
"You will be the strongest," the woman laughs as she lets go of Liam's jaw. She began to chant and snapped her finger three times before Liam began to scream in pain.
"Liam?!" I cried watching as he shook and continued to holler. His skin began to turn grey and his eyes were turning completely black. "What did you do to him!?" I growled, hearing Jamie and Lucy scream in terror.
"He will become a Wendigo, and so will you," she says before grabbing my chin and gazing her gold eyes into my eyes.
"N… no," I tried to voice out, but couldn't seem to move or talk. She grabs a chunk of meat and presses it on my lips. I unwillingly received it and chewed it. What was wrong with me, I can't control myself! I swallowed the meat and watched her as she chanted once again. Just then, a large, stinging pain pierced my heart and soon I was screaming. My body was on fire, and my head felt like it was going to explode. I continued to holler until the world went black.
Thaddeus. I snap my eyes open and quickly scanned my surroundings. I was back in my living room. My heart was ramming in my chest and my body trembled furiously. Thaddeus, it's alright child, I'm here, Slender man assures before wiping the tears away from my face and hugging me tightly.
"What-what, who would do such a-Why did she-"
-I don't know, he interrupted me as he rubbed small circles on my back to calm me down.
I wrap my arms around him. "She… she needs to be s-stopped," I said almost in a growl. My heart still rammed in my chest but not in fear. I was shocked and incredibly angry. I wanted to avenge Rob's death, I wanted to help Liam and the others, I want to stop that woman! "She must be brought to justice!"
Thaddeus, Slender man says, snapping me out of my thoughts. He pulls me away from our embrace, cups my chin and forces me to look at his face. Enough, your mind is clouded with dark thoughts, he explains, and your aura is giving out dark and negative energy.
"Sorry," I sighed as I wiped my tear damped face with my hands. "I just… my heart broke for Liam," I explained as I place my hand over my beating heart. "I can't believe she did that to Rob, in front of Liam."
I know child, I was shocked myself, Slender man said. He rests his hand on my cheek and stroked it with his thumb. I lean into his hand and sighed. I wonder if there is any way to help Liam. There is nothing we can do, Slender man suddenly said, reading my thoughts.
"Oh…" I said, almost in a whisper. "What do you think happen to Rose and the others?"
I'm not sure, they most likely escaped, he answered.
"I hope so…" I swallowed the lump in my throat and took a deep breath. I shouldn't let this affect me. I promised Slender man that I wouldn't. Still, what has happened to those people was… terrible. It was like a real life horror movie. Letting out my breath with a deep sigh, I stood up from the couch. "I'm going to do my chores now," I said, feigning a smile.
I apologize for showing you such gruesome images, he suddenly said, standing up to his feet. I… should go.
"What? No, no, don't leave!" I plead. Furrowing my eyebrows in worry, I look up at the tall man's face. "You don't have to apologize, I was the one who wanted to know about the Wendigoes-" I say, feeling a little panic, -be-besides, it's been a while since we've seen each other, and if you leave now, who knows when you'll be back."
"-You might leave me again… like you did when I was little," I blurted out, feeling my chest clench painfully. Swallowing the lump in my throat, I look away from the tall man. I didn't mean to let that out, it just did. The room became silent and the atmosphere felt awkward. Great, my outburst got things awkward. He probably thinks I'm needy or something… which I probably am.
"I'm sorry… for blurting that out," I started, "I had a dream, well, a memory of us playing together when I was a kid, and it got me wondering why you left. You were my only friend and then you just disappeared." His hand rests on my shoulder, probably wanting to read my thoughts. I place my hand over his cold one. "… I'm sorry again, you can go ahead and leave, I'm going to do my chores," I said, smiling up at him. I gently move his hand from my shoulder and walked around him to head towards the kitchen, to grab the cleaning utensils.
Before I could even step out of the living room, I felt his hands grab me by the hip. He pulled me back, until I felt my back hit his body, and wraps his long arms around me. I turn my head and gave him a confused look, silently asking him why he's doing this. He was sitting on the floor with his knees bent upward. Resting his head on my shoulder he says, I never wanted to leave you.
"Then… why did you?" I asked, leaning back against him.
I was becoming too attached and you were becoming too dependent, he explains. When I became the "Slender Man" I made it my soul purpose to protect and watch over the children of this town. I would play with them when they were lonely, aid them when they were hurt, even helped them go to sleep. When the children didn't need me anymore, or when they became a certain age, I would leave them so they can fend for themselves and forget about me. I wanted them to believe I was a figment of their imagination. Then I met you…
"How did we meet?" I ask, shifting slightly to the side so I could look at him. He looked at me for a moment before moving his hand up to cup my cheek. He gently moves my head forward and rests my forehead against his. Knowing what I had to do, I close my eyes and clear my thoughts.
Thaddeus, I grant you access…
I know it's been a while, but I will not take a year to update again! Well, let me just say I got big plans for this story and hope you guys will be up for reading it until the end. I even have a sequel in mind.
So what did you think about the little gore I added? Sucks for Liam right? Explains where the sweater came from right? Comment your thoughts on when you think we will see the wendigoes again.
Again, no beta!