Prologue: The Cabin in the Woods65 years agoPrologue: The Cabin in the Woods by MatthewKoon
On a moonless night many years ago, Ruben leaned against a tree, struggling to breathe. The man could hear them coming, rampaging through the woods in their quest to find him.
Damn they’re fast, he thought, not daring to speak. His flowing blood was already enough of a betrayal; he couldn’t afford a single sound.
The Apprentice ducked his head as the fanged creatures whirled by, their draft tugging leaves and rocks into the air. After a brief pause the man took off running again. Within a single minute they could travel over a mile, but even at the distance they might be able to hear his footsteps.
Come on, Jack, I found the safe house… You better be here.
Before him was an abandoned cabin, the front door shut tight. It was inconspicuous and unknown to most of the townspeople. That meant that no one would accidentally stumble into danger.
It also meant that his body may never be found.
Ruben slammed through the front door easily enough, h
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