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  • - [Chip] About five weeks ago,

  • a few of my newly made friends and I set off

  • on a camping trip.

  • We met due to our shared interest in joining

  • the fraternity, Kappa Sigma.

  • We met with the house members,

  • and from that point on we were considered recruits.

  • One of the rules of being a recruit

  • is that you are obligated

  • to only hang out with fellow recruits,

  • or members of the house.

  • Needless to say

  • we all became pretty close friends rather quickly.

  • Out of our group, Jasper and I,

  • my name is Chip,

  • were the closest.

  • Our third was Evan,

  • and our fourth wheel was Jake.

  • He was an overly eccentric class clown.

  • He couldn't take anything seriously if his life

  • depended on it,

  • and it would really test our patience.

  • A couple of days after the start of our

  • initiation we were told that we would need to

  • prove that we were tough enough,

  • and worthy of joining the fraternity.

  • To do so we would need to spend a weekend alone

  • out in the woods located about 20 miles out of the city.

  • Even though none of us were natives to the area,

  • we had all heard about the local rumors of the woods.

  • It was common knowledge around these parts that

  • the woods outside of town had some sort of dark

  • spirit looking over them.

  • Some referred to it as a demon,

  • some simply called it Mordayo.

  • There isn't much known about this creature,

  • other than it will eat you alive.

  • Closing in on the weekend we were set to head out

  • to the woods,

  • we were given a list of accepted supplies to take with us.

  • Pretty much we were allowed to bring our phone, a

  • knife, our toiletries, our own rations of food and water.

  • That should last the weekend,

  • and a pack to hold it all in.

  • No tents, no sleeping bags, no real flashlights,

  • just the basic supplies to live.

  • We were also introduced to Chris.

  • He was one of the seniors of the fraternity,

  • and was set to watch over us on our trip,

  • and make sure we followed all the rules.

  • By Friday we had our gear all ready to go,

  • and were set to head to the woods for our final

  • phase of initiation.

  • We met after classes had completed and loaded up

  • into Chris's Explorer to begin our weekend excursion.

  • We left city just as the sun was setting.

  • The drive itself was pretty uneventful,

  • Jake being his loud obnoxious self,

  • and the rest of us telling him to shut up.

  • Finally Chris just turned up the music to drown Jake out.

  • We drove for about another 20 minutes before we

  • started feeling the vehicle slightly stuttering.

  • Chris turns off the music and hushes us all,

  • intently listening for any sounds from the vehicle.

  • We arrived at the dirt road that leads to our destination,

  • and turn off the highway and start to drive down

  • it and into the woods.

  • We drive in silence for a few more minutes before

  • a huge smile creeps across Chris's face as he exclaims,

  • I hope you boys are ready for some fun.

  • The excitement once again outweighing any other emotion,

  • we all hoot out in near unison,

  • then the Explorers engine dies,

  • leaving us in an eerie silence.

  • Chris tries to turn the key.

  • Nothing but clicking.

  • Then all the power cuts off,

  • leaving us not only in in deafening silence,

  • but in complete darkness.

  • At that point Evan speaks up asking if we should

  • call a tow truck.

  • Chris tells him that we'll just let our house

  • know that we broke down,

  • and they'll come out to deal with it.

  • He gets his phone out and quickly realizes we

  • have no signal.

  • Well shit,

  • we should get serviced again once we get closer

  • to the campground up the road.

  • We'll just call there.

  • He tells us all to grab our gear and to get ready

  • for a small hike.

  • We do as instructed,

  • and the vehicle is secured before Chris puts the

  • keys under the rear wheel well for our housemates

  • to find when they arrive.

  • We start heading farther up the road,

  • and concluded it would be best if we use the

  • nearly full moon as our light,

  • as opposed to our cell phones

  • and drain the batteries before the weekend even started.

  • As we were making our way down the dirt road

  • towards the campground,

  • we hear a branch snapping in the woods off to our right.

  • (branch snapping)

  • We all do a quick glance,

  • but quickly come to the conclusion that it must

  • have been an animal.

  • We make it only a few more meters before we hear it again.

  • (branch snapping)

  • We decide to investigate a little further.

  • We walk up to the edge of the road and try to

  • look into the dense woods to locate the source of the sound.

  • The moon isn't providing enough light to see much

  • of anything off the road.

  • So we pull out our phones and use them to light

  • the woods the best we can.

  • Do you guys see anything?

  • Evan asked in a whisper.

  • I don't see anything.

  • It must have just been another animal.

  • We are in the woods after all,

  • Jake answers.

  • We kept looking for a few more seconds,

  • slowly scanning the area with our phones.

  • Come on.

  • Let's just keep going.

  • The campground isn't far,

  • Chris instructs.

  • Everyone except Jake turns off their phone again,

  • and we continue down the road following Jake as

  • he lights the way.

  • We finally see the campgrounds office lit up a

  • few hundred feet in front of us,

  • just as we hear one of the most bone-chilling

  • howls I had ever heard.

  • (bone chilling howling)

  • In unison we all freeze and start looking around.

  • Thoroughly spooked Evan shouts out that we should

  • hurry up.

  • Without another word we all start sprinting

  • towards the office.

  • We reached the door panting heavily and burst

  • inside like bats out of Hell.

  • Greeting us was the gaze of a middle-aged man

  • wearing overalls in a thermal jacket,

  • with a matching cap complete with the ear covers.

  • The man stood behind the counter with a

  • disturbingly fake smile plastered across his face.

  • His eyes shifted separately and deliberately on

  • each one of us.

  • After about 30 seconds of being eyed up by this

  • pasty woodsman,

  • Chris steps forward and breaks the silence.

  • Hey, we rented a site for the weekend.

  • We're just checking in.

  • The man didn't say a word.

  • He just kept slowly eyeing us up one by one.

  • The vibe I was getting from this guy was making

  • me think twice about staying out here.

  • Then I remembered we still needed to call our

  • house to have our vehicle checked out an update them.

  • I pulled my phone out of my pocket expecting to

  • have some sort of signal like Chris had assured us.

  • Nothing, not even empty bars,

  • just a slash through my data icon.

  • I nudged Jasper and showed him I had no service.

  • He checked his phone,

  • also out of service.

  • Jasper mentions it to Chris,

  • who too checks his phone to see that there is in

  • fact no service.

  • Hmm, I was just here a few weeks ago and I had a

  • pretty strong signal.

  • Hey buddy, you have a phone we can use?

  • The guy behind the counter finally showed some

  • sort of reaction,

  • although I really wish he hadn't.

  • He locked eyes with Chris and started to growl,

  • opening his mouth slowly as his growl intensified.

  • I was about to bolt out the door when all of a

  • sudden he stopped growling and his head snapped

  • back violently,

  • then returned to a normal position.

  • Hi, how can I help you?

  • He exclaims in a gleeful tone.

  • His creepy demeanor had been instantly replaced

  • by that of a normal cheery greeter.

  • We all exchanged confused glances before Chris

  • once again explained that we had the site reserved.

  • Oh yes, site 13's all yours.

  • Just head down the path and you'll see it on the

  • left side of the roundabout.

  • Awesome, thank you.

  • Also do you happen to have a phone we can use?

  • Our car broke down on the dirt road and we need

  • to let our friends know.

  • Of course, he replied,

  • retrieving the landline.

  • Chris grabbed the phone and let's our friends

  • know where the Explorer is,

  • where the keys are, and that we will need a ride

  • when we get ready to leave,

  • and that we have no cell service,

  • so we could be reached on the number that showed

  • up on the caller ID.

  • He hands the phone back to the man

  • and once again thanks him.

  • Just as we're walking out the door we hear him

  • once again start to groan.

  • (low groaning)

  • None of us even turned around.

  • We quickly left and headed down the path towards

  • our site,

  • intent on putting as much distance as we could

  • between us and him.

  • The park was set in a pretty basic layout.

  • One main path was sight sought to either side,

  • towards the end there is a loop where it

  • reconnects to the main road.

  • We reached the fork in the path and took the left

  • towards where our campsite was.

  • That was when we noticed how quiet the place was.

  • We hadn't seen any other people except for the

  • strange man in the counter since we arrived.

  • The lamps along the path started to become more

  • sparse as we were making our way farther down.

  • We all pulled out our cell phones and quickly

  • found our site,

  • and began to set up our camp.

  • Chris heads into the woods,

  • returning a couple minutes later with a bundle of firewood.

  • Chris pulls out a lighter and starts the fire

  • while we unpack our rations that we brought.

  • As we ate,

  • Chris insisted on telling us more about the

  • rumors of the land,

  • and why it was feared by so many locals.

  • For over a hundred years there have been stories

  • of these woods,

  • stories of families going on hikes and

  • disappearing without a trace,

  • stories of friends going camping,

  • just like us,

  • and then vanishing without a word.

  • They say there is a creature that watches over these woods.

  • No one really knows where it came from,

  • but everyone knows what it wants.

  • Blood, it craves the taste of human blood,

  • and will stop at nothing