01 Feb A Wendigo Changed my Life for the Better
Greetings friend, I couldn’t help but notice your campfire from the path may I join you. Oh where you telling scary stories, well I have a scary story of my own, won’t you indulge me.
For weeks I had fantasised of this trip or at least since my friend Lucas invited me, my first trip away from home.
I was understandably nervous especially since this would be my first night away from the comforts of my own bed.
As to be expected my mother was her usual overly protective self, ensuring all my items were packed and sorting my clothes as well as some long-lasting food, you know the same thing all mothers do.
Lucas arrived driving his 80s Ford camper van, a beat-up old thing handed down from his brother, It was a surprise it even ran with the abuse it had seen over the years.
Lucas pulling into the driveway around 7 am, I was already waiting outside mucking with my phone.
I picked up my bag, and hugged my mother goodbye and left for the van, oddly I got an uneasy feeling deep in the pit of my stomach almost like I would never see her again.
the feeling gradually began to build until I buckled up in the worn stain covered seats of the camper van.
The back of the van was filled with the rouges gallery who would be joining us on our trip, there was Sasha Lucas’s love interest and genuinely the closest you could get to evil, Jake who was Lucas’s brother a small-time junkie and the original owner of the van and finally Ellie, Jakes girlfriend, I personally never got to invested in knowing much about her.
I watched the trees go by as we drove through the country lanes, the morning sun slowly beginning to disappear behind the overhanging trees.
Jake thought now would be a good time to tell the group a little horror story about the cabin we were staying at.
“it was a few years or so ago when a group of teenagers went to the cabin, the same one we will be staying at. One whole week flew by they didn’t return so a concerned parent rang the police. For a whole month they searched, from the woods to the near mines but with no luck, we’ll until the fifth time when they found a scrap of clothing inside a cave system. While walking deeper into the cave they found that it a body, this body had been stripped of its flesh and organs but what was left was its muscles, odder still the body was missing its skull but its head was untouched and still perfectly shaped. many natives who have lived near the woods claimed it was the great Pan beast know as a Wendigo had committed the deed”.
I scoffed loudly and voice my opinion “I thought the story was a load of rubbish”. I began calling out many inconsistent parts of the story’s and even showed a Google search with no connections to the missing people.
Jake sneered at me and nestle himself comfortably into his Ellies bosom, his glare pointed directly at me with an unshakable malus, I couldn’t help but cracked a smile and turned to face the window.
I placed my head softly on the window and slowly began to drift off.
I awoke with a shudder, I felt as if the world was spinning around me.
I sat upright and looked around trying to get my bearings, it didn’t take me long to notice I was sat outside the van, only now its was on its roof and completely wrecked.
There was no sign of my friends or any life for that matter, the very notion of being alone next to the smashes wreck made me feel worse when coupled with the disorienting feeling I had.
My eyes jerked all around my surroundings, there was nothing but thick dark woods in every direction.
Before I could fully take in my situation my body began running as if it didn’t want to stay next to the area of destruction I woke up at.
I began to run deeper and deeper into the woods following a winding path that seemed to materialise in front of me.
All around me the woods felt rife with the unseen, hundreds of wild animals in a defensive like state all focused on me.
The unshakeable notion of began watched forced my already paranoid mind into overdrive, I over-assessed every direction.
From out of the seemingly darkened woods a cabin slowly came into view, every single one of my instincts told me to run but I couldn’t.
I jerked my head around as a roar or perhaps a cry of an animal echoed throughout the woods, something that was hungry and ready to kill to survive.
My body once more began to move towards the cabin until I was faced with the door, twin scratch marks ran parallel up the wood as if something tried to get in. I didn’t want to know what but I felt it was what whatever was hurting me.
I pushed open the door only to be consumed by a luminous white void, I felt weightless almost floating until my mind began to wake, and then there was nothing but falling sensation.
[I]Part 2 First Impressions
I awoke from my nightmarish slumber tugging at my belt in a panic, the sensation of falling from my dream continued well I had opened my eyes.
The van was stationary yet my eyes continued to spin as if I was moving leaving a sickening feeling of disorientation to washed over me, thankfully it subsided as soon as it started.
“Jesus Bobby, your lazy ass slept like the whole journey, you didn’t even wake up for any of the 3 pee breaks, or hell the 25 pizza stops”.
Sasha’s voice dug into my sleepy brain, it was fair to say she was still her usual moaning self no surprise really.
Lucas opened the van door and hazily everyone stepped out, I had to shield my eyes from the low sun that now crept over the tree line, I must have been seriously out of it, did I really missed so much I mused to myself.
I grabbed my bag and began following Lucas down a cobbled path towards the woods. The cabin lay just a short ways alone in a modesty open clearing.
The whole walk I felt as if there were thousands of eyes trained on me, all hidden beneath the undergrowth… just staring… watching… observing us.
We eventually reached the cabins main door be it through the moans of Sasha, Lucas grinned a cheeky grin and told us “Welcome to paradise”.
As soon as he opened the door, a freezing breeze burst past us, it felt like a warning almost as if the very building was telling us to drop all your stuff and run for home.
I personally neglected the feeling and put it down to an empty cabin that had been left unused, not to mention it probably had a few broken windows and holes.
As everyone crammed inside I began looking over the cabin’s interior, it was old dusty and unlived in very similar to a horror movie.
I stood apprehensive in the dining room and waited for Lucas to enlighten everyone on where we would be sleeping.
“Okay Jake, you and Ellie are opposite the Kitchen, Jake don’t go eating all the food in the middle of the night”, Jake sneered and caught the key Lucas threw.
“Um Sasha your with me at the end of the hall, the master bedroom”, Sasha never looked up from her phone.
“alright and Bobby you are in the alcove above the Kitchen, just climb the ladder midway down the and open the hatch”, I just nodded not really taking notice.
As everyone began to leave Lucas made a snap decision be it a stupid one. “Jake pass me one of your plastic bags” surprised Jake did “alright everyone phones in the bag I’m locking them in the safe”.
Sasha looked white and clutched her phone tightly, you could almost feel the force she gave off.
“Lucas please don’t take my phone I might need to call my mom” Sasha begged, but all that begging was futile as Lucas placed her phone with the others into the bag and then into the safe.
Lucas continued with the rules of the cabin but my Interest lay with meeting my bed, I slowly slipped out of the dining room and headed down the hallway.
The ladder clung to the wall almost invisible to the untrained eye as it sat inside a small indent in the wall.
I pushed open the trapdoor that lay open on the roof and lifted myself upwards, the room itself was nothing more than a mediamish platform that was missing a wall allowing for me to overlook the kitchen.
The drop was very sudden, straight down to the floor, however, I was in prime placement for some midnight snacking as I could reach the cabinets.
I gathered some items and headed down the ladder towards the only door labelled bathroom, it looked strange having the word written over the door but then again other cabins could be like this I didn’t know.
I hopped into the shower and twisted the taps, I jumped in shock as a stream of sludge water smacked me full force in the face.
Eventually, the water got warmer and cleaner but in my panic, I hadn’t noticed the door had slowly been opened and just as quietly shut, nor did I notice a large shadow loomed through the shower curtain.
I fell back and screamed high-pitched in horror, Sasha laughed uncontrollably as she raked open the curtains.
Most people would think I’m weird when If I told them I showered wearing swimming trunks, but if you know the people I was with the notion suddenly didn’t seem so weird.
I shouted for Sasha to leave and threw a loofah at her, grinning Sasha left and I stepped out of the shower.
I looked into the mirror trying to not let my mind filled with anger, I looked deep into my face and lost all awareness of the space around me.
My face began to change or distort you could say but that’s when I was wrenched from my gaze by a something being dragged by the window, I looked back into the mirror and for a split second I could have sworn that I saw myself as a grey figure wearing a deer skull looking back at me.
I slapped my face and splashed water on me before making my way back to my room hoping that some sleep might help me.
I lay down and rested my head on the mattress that was now my bed and relaxed my eyes, I was surprised I was actually still tired but after my restless sleep, I had nothing surprised me. I did however hoped to have somewhat more pleasant dreams.
I sat hunched over in the middle of the woods, a crimson moon hung low in the sky bearly illuminating the naked trees.
A thick smoggy mist had engulfed the area leaving no visibility below my ankles.
“Hello who’s out there” someone shouted making my head twist a sharp 90 degrees.
I began to run towards the voice but I continuously stumbled, it felt like my legs were far too long for my body and soon I found myself running on all fours.
I lunged up a near tree and swung from branch to branch with ease stopping only to observe my surroundings, I saw something shifting around in the undergrowth beneath me.
I blinked my eyes and my vision shifted, everything meshed in cold but tranquil dark blue.
Underneath me stood a shimmering orange light holding something red, unable to understand what I was seeing I shut my eyes and opened them again, my vision switched once more now showing the woods in a dark green.
It took me a few minutes to realise I was seeing in night vision, the orange light was now more definable, it was a person holding a flashlight.
“HELLO?” shouted the figure now looking around pedantically.
I began to slowly climb up a tree and used the branches to get closer and closer to person until I hung inches away from them.
Now I was close enough I was able to identify the person, stood still observing the area was Jake still dressed in the clothes he had arrived in, I blinked once more and my visions return to normal.
slowly I dropped from the tree and straightened myself behind Jake, he was now smaller than me significantly in fact.
Hearing a slight snap Jake turned to face me and fell over, his voice caught in his throat. I couldn’t look away as I lunged at defenceless Jake on the floor.
I made quick slashes and removed the organs the perfect cuts I had just made, unable to control myself I began to devour organs feeling stronger as I did.
Once I had finished my gaze drifted over to a cabin that stood about 500 yards away, just station in an opening, once more I broke out into a run on all fours towards the cabin.
I arrived at the cabin in what had seemed record time, I slowly stuck my head close to one of the windows observing what was inside.
Lucas was snuggled up to Sasha with the TV casting static over the both of them.
I shook my head and slunk over to another window, this one was Jake and Ellie’s room although it was empty, once again I shook my head and moved to the final window that belonged to the bathroom.
I peered through the window and saw Ellie laying down in an empty bath with an empty packet of bath salts in her hand, I shook my head angrily this time.
I began to crawl up the cabin and towards the chimney testing it to see if it was hot, upon seeing it wasn’t I slipped down it and dropping into the dining room making as little sound as I could.
I crawled down the hall but stopped as I heard a door open, instinctively I jumped to the ceiling and dug my nails deep into the wood to keep myself in place.
Ellie walked out from the bathroom in a towel and a noticeable bloodstream from her nose.
I waited until she entered her and Jakes room and then I silently shifted into the kitchen, I paused and looked to the alcove that I was sleeping in.
Climbing the counter and then the cupboards I positioned myself to look at the sleeping body, nodding my head I slowly made two-slit onto my sleeping head, that I then licked before turning away.
A crash from the kitchen woke me and my vivid dream fading into nothingness, rubbing my eyes I checked my alarm clock, quarter past 3.
the noise sounded again but this time I know what it was, smashing plates.
From my high alcove, I peeked over the edge fully expecting it to be Jake looking for a midnight snack after one of his infamous chill-out sessions.
As I poked my head over the edge of the platform, I watched the figure in the darkened kitchen sat consuming food sprawled over the floor, at that moment I was positive it was Jake, now deep in one of his munchie moments.
I stayed silent and watched him for a while thinking, this is the reasons drugs are bad for you.
I was just about to crawl back into bed when the fridge was open and everything I thought was real took a back seat.
As the light illuminated from the now-empty fridge, the figures entire being could be clearly seen, body froze and my heart decided to check out with my sanity.
The creature at the fridge looked grotesque with disjointed body parts all of which were a discoloured grey, the head was what stuck out most though, It entire head was covered by the skull of what I assumed was an elk.
Ellie groggily walked into the kitchen both asleep and I assumed high, she made her way to get a drink and began to walk out before looking to the now stationary figure behind the fridge door.
“Jake are you coming back to bed babe,” she asked her words slurred.
I watched in horror as the creature opened its mouth and a shrivelled head of Jakes began to protrude from inside.
It’s replied sounded identical to what Jake’s voice sounded like.
“yes hunny I’ll meet you there”.
Ellie walked out of the kitchen and back to her room still completely unaware of the differences between Jake and the creature.
as soon as the bedroom door clicked shut the creature closed its mouth and shut the fridge door, straightened its body to be more human in shaped.
I watched as it walked to the kitchen door but it stopped to look at where I lay and it placed a grey finger to its lips.
The creature walked out of the kitchen and I heard the faint the click of Jake and Ellie’s door go again.
I crawled to the furthest corner of my room and huddled myself tight and waited.
[I]Part 3 The Voices In The Shadows
I sat unmoving my entire being was filled with unbridled fear of the creature, thousands of questions raced through my mind, like what was it? what could It have been? what did it do to Jake? and now to Ellie.
These feelings culminated inside me, sturing, festering, as I continued I didn’t realise how long I had spent staring at both the hatch and the missing wall of my room. I hardly noticed the sun beginning to creep slightly through the underside of the kitchen window.
Shaking still, I opened the hatch and descended into the hallway, the same hallway that the creature had crawled across.
I stood outside Jakes room and drew a deep breath slowly twisting the doors lock, with a click the door opened into a hazy blackness.
The blackout curtains left only the light from the hall to illuminate the room, or at least as far as the bed that was positioned cutting the room in half.
Jakes head slowly peered over the near-flat covers, shortly after followed by Ellie’s that snaked itself directly beneath his.
Ellie spoke out as if talking to someone who stood just behind me. “shut the door will you dear, you’re going to ruin the surprise”.
I didn’t need to be asked twice and slowly clicked the door shut.
I spent the morning cleaning the kitchen, quickly and quietly, desperately hoping no one would walk in. I know I’d have to answer some unpleasant questions, like what the hell was I playing at or had I taken some of Jakes medication.
Once I was finished I sat down exhausted from the work as Sasha slowly stumbled into the kitchen wearing Lucas’s large baseball tee.
Sasha opened the fridge stared at it for a good few minutes before realising something was wrong.
In a frustrated yelled Sasha shouted, “Lucas your stoner brothers eaten everything”.
I forced a laugh at Sasha and ate a protein bar my mom had packed me.
I began processing what I had seen last night in detail, the fridge, the mess, the creature and now Jake and Ellie.
Lucas strolled into the kitchen and did his odd sitcom opening.
“Hello family how are we this fine morning”
Right after saying this he kissed my hair and then Sasha before going to prepare some toast but was unable to find any bread.
“hay Bobby is Jake and Ellie awake yet”
“I checked a few minutes ago and there still asleep, you guys call me lazy”, I cautiously joke replied.
Both Jake and Ellie’s voices shouted simultaneously from there room ” Lucas, brother I need your help with something”.
Lucas undisturbed walked out of the kitchen and into Jake’s room.
After a few minutes of silence, I began to get panicked.
Slowly I walked to the door and felt for the handle, Sasha intrigued followed me staying only a few feet behind.
Never did I break eye contact from the door or the space beyond it.
The doors lock clicked and slowly swung open, what both I and Sasha saw left both our whole bodys frozen, the feelings I felt were identical to how I felt the prior night.
In front of us stood a slender grey figure with two elk like antlers protruding from a skull-like cranium and an almost malnourished physique.
It was holding Lucas who stared at me and Sasha.
The beast threw Lucas at the wall and then proceeded to face the door, I saw this as a sign to run but Sasha stood transfixed like a deer in the headlights.
I sprinted out of the cabin and towards the van, I never looked back or slow down I didn’t dare.
As I approached the van my heart sank, it had been trashed and flipped over, something about this forced my mind to cast back to the dream I had.
I gulped and I know I had no other alternative options for me, I had to return to the cabin.
I began walking back slowly well aware of the numinous eyes that were fixated on me, I ripped a large branch from a tree for defence and continued on the path.
I chuckle and smiled as I felt the eyes around me begin to scatter, the feeling gave me a sense of excitement and fear, unlike anything I had ever felt before.
I approached the cabin door and gripped the handle tightly, I took a deep breath and opened the door.
[I]Part 4 The Flesh Consumed
I sat up in a start and scrapped the top of my head against the light, this lead to a mysterious onslaught of pain around my coronal suture.
I observed the room in which I was in, it took me moments to recognise it as my alcove of a room in the cabin, still with its open wall and plummeting descent into the kitchen.
I staggeringly crawled and scraped my head on the roof. An ungodly scratching noise filled my ears and my head jerked back, it took me a few seconds for the pain to crack and creep into my already pounding head. Keeping my head low I groggily fumbled for the hatch but with every inch I crept I heard what sounded like scratching on the roof and felt the slight jerk.
I flipped over and looked to the ceiling, there were two light scratches running parallel to were I woke up.
My mind cast back to what I could remember, entering the cabin and then a sharp blunt force that lead to darkness consuming me as if I had been knocked unconscious.
For the life of me, I could not remember how I managed to get back to my room, perhaps I had been dragged there.
I composed myself and slowly descended the ladder into the hall. As soon as I had both my feet on the floor and ever so sweet and beautiful aroma filled my nostrils, what I could only describe as roast pork cooked to perfection.
I followed the scent to the dining room in the cabin, almost hypnotised. The cabin’s dining room was now decorated to seat two people at each end of the table.
I looked over the contents that adorned the table, two plates and a large roast that was covered by an aluminium sheet. On the plates lay a thick juicy meat chunk with a bone sticking out of one end.
“Please do have a seat, Bobby”
A voice spoke and was a combination of Jake’s, Ellie’s and now Sasha’s.
“Who are you what do you want” I demanded “no question please we merely want you to sit”. I sat in the chair that had been set up for me, but as soon as my hands hit the chair arms two cold and clammy hands grabbed my arms and legs leaving me defenceless.
I pleaded for help from anyone but I know there was no one to hear me.
I heard something crawling above my head ” who are you” I cried but I did not get a response, instead the figure I saw rummaging around the kitchen scaled down the walls from the rafters.
Once getting the to the floor the figure walked around the table until it stood at the side of me and I could clearly see every bit of detail from its elk skull that seemingly melded into its head with luminous crimson eyes, to its boney grey decrepit body.
My brain couldn’t fathom what I was seeing, this monstrosity of a being looming over me.
Without even moving its mouth the creature demanded I eat and plunged a large chunk of the meat into my mouth. Satisfied with its demands, the creature did an insanely athletic lunge similar to a cat across the table and into the seat on the other side.
My arms were released and I reluctantly grabbed the hunk of mean by the protruding bone, the smell was so sweet and the lingering taste of the meat the creature forced me to eat still remained and I sank my teeth into the meat, the creature smiled through its skull and its crimson eyes turned sapphire.
The taste was surprisingly nice as if it was a combination of every meat group I grew up loving, I took another bite, then another and another, the taste was just so good that I began stipping the meat to bone.
The creature had also finished eating its own chunk of meat.
The creature stood up and asked what I had thought of the meal.
I was honest that it was one of the tastiest foods I had ever tasted in my life, it surpassed any taste I had in my life before.
The creature emoted happiness and lifted the elk skull only for me to see that it was grafted to the back of its head and that its elk horns were growing from its head, with a smile the creature opened its mouth and its tongue slivered out, on its tongue was the head of Jake, Ellie and Sarah.
“what the hell,” I said shocked
“This is the blessing I have received and now Bobby so have you”
The heads of Jake, Ellie and Sasha spoke “you are now one with us Bobby we are the Walkers in the woods, the majestic Wendigo”
The Wendigo grabbed a mirror from the wall and forced my head to look into the mirror, my response was shock.
On top of my head was a small set of antlers growing my head, my skin had turned an unusual ash grey as well. I gasped but even that left me afraid, on my tongue lay the sleeping heads of Jake, Ellie and Sarah just like they were on the Windigos tongue.
“now for the main course, allow me”
The windigo dragged off the dust cloth from the table, in the centre was Lucas gaged and bound. The arms released me from the chair and I scaled the table and crawled to Lucas side and freed his mouth.
“Bobby what the hells going on we need to escape, please Bobby”.
I open my mouth but what came out was Jake, Ellie and Sasha’s voices.
I felt there voices worm there way from the pit of my tongue and said exactly what I wanted to say. “there’s no need to worry”.
I delve into Lucas’s chest and began stripping him of his organs and flesh to consume.
Once I was finished I wiped my mouth and once again looked to the mirror, the windigo ate his share of Lucas behind me.
Apon my tongue a small boil began to grow behind Sasha’s head, it continued t grow until the unmistakable shape of Lucas’s head nestled itself comfortably on my tongue.
I smiled and grabbed a large bone shard that I felt protruding from my spine and pulled it over my head before letting out an ungodly howl from the pain.
The Wendigo placed his hand onto my shoulder and lead me to back door, I could see a campfire out in the woods surrounded by tents. The Wendigo whispered into my ear “Happy Hunting”, I grinned and charged from the cabin on all fours to my next meal.