Wilderness Survival is a story submitted by a user named scarycheyni1998. It’s about a group of teenagers who encounter something very strange in the woods.
On a dark night in August, some teenagers sat at a campfire that was near burning out.
â€œNo, I do not believe in ghost stories,â€ said Tom as he yawned.
Then, suddenly he was sitting there with an open mouth and just staring.
â€What in the name of…â€ He said.
â€œWhaaat?â€ asked Alexander and turned around to see what Tom was staring at.
It was a very dark night and the clock was close to midnight. It was almost impossible to see the moon behind a tight cloud cover. Anna turned around and looked, and froze stiff. She couldnâ€™t see exactly what it was, but someone or something was on the top of the hill. Alexander could feel a cold sweat on his back. What is that shadow? he thought.
Tom got back to himself again and said: â€œHehe, now what is this? Itâ€™s probably some dumbass taking his dog out! Iâ€™m going up there to take a look if none of you guys dare to.â€
He got on his feet from the stump he was sitting on and went towards the hill, near the dark shadow. One thing was a little odd.
â€œIf this really was a human, wouldnâ€™t it at least move a little?â€ Tom asked. He called out in a loud voice, in the hopes of getting an answer, but the shadow remained, completely quiet.
Tom stopped and looked back. â€œUnbelievableâ€¦â€ he said to himself. â€œIn the dark, every distance looks much shorter than it really is.â€
He was almost on top of the hill and at least twenty meters from the campfire. Then, when he turned his head again, he almost leapt into the air. The shadow was only about two meters in front of him! Anna and Alexander heard a sharp scream from the top of the hill and turned around to take a look. The shadow was gone! Tom was standing there with his back turned against them.
They ran to him, Alexander reaching him first. Then he asked, â€œTom! Are you all right?â€
Tom turned around slowly. Anna screamed. Tom had the worst, most menacing grin on his face. Something was wrong. He looked like someone else.
Then, from his gray lips, came an awful, hoarse voice, â€œTOM IS NOT HERE!â€
Suddenly, with no reason (or maybe from shock,) Alexander lost all control of his legs and fell to the ground.
â€œAlexander!â€ Anna yelled, but before she got to do anything, Tom, or at least what used to be Tom, was standing right behind her and pushed her down the steep slope by the side of the hill. She fell backwards and rolled down to a bog.
â€œAnna!â€ Alexander yelled.
Tom just stood there, laughing in a raspy voice. Then, he ran into the forest. Alexander was laying on the ground, watching Tom run further and further into the woods. It appeared as though his feet werenâ€™t touching the ground.
â€œAlex!â€ yelled Anna, who was struggling to get out of the bog. â€œHelp me,â€ she yelled hysterically.
Alexander crawled down the muddy slope, towards Anna.
â€œGrab my handâ€ he shouted.
She grabbed his hand, but Alexander couldnâ€™t hold on with his feet, and he fell into the bog as well. Almost halfway down in the mud, they heard a manâ€™s voice. â€œHere, grab my hand!â€ It was a friendly voice.
They grabbed the hand and, one by one, they were pulled out. They lifted their heads and saw a man who looked to be in his forties. He was wearing some kind of uniform and looked almost like a scout.
â€œIâ€™m the forester, what are you kids doing out here so late? I came when I saw there was a campfire that was left unattended, so I went down here to put it out. But you two look like you need some towels. Come with me.â€
They walked for a while until they came to a steep hill. Then, the Forester stopped.
â€œWant me to show you something?â€ he asked.
He was speaking with the same strange voice that Tom was speaking with before he disappeared into the woods. The foresterâ€™s eyes went completely black. Then, he took out a huge knife.
Alexander screamed, â€œRUN! He is possessed with the same thing that took Tom!â€
The forester roared after them, he wasnâ€™t yelling, he roared. â€œCOME BACK!â€
They ran through the forest faster than they had ever ran before. They crawled over rocks, reefed themselves to the blood on the branches. They finally reached the road. They stopped to take a breath when they heard the sound of a car. They turned against it, the car stopped and the driver stepped out. It was Annaâ€™s dad.
â€Where is Tom?â€ he asked.
â€œIâ€™ll explain later, can you just get us away from here?â€ she yelled.
They got into the car and Annaâ€™s dad began driving. Oddly enough, he didnâ€™t say a word. Both Alexander and Anna sat in the backseat, feeling relieved that it was finally over.
Then, Anna asked, â€œDad? What were you doing out here in the middle of the night anyway?â€
Her father turned his head around and said, â€œWant me to show you something?â€