On a moonless night, a patrol went out, but never returned. The next morning, they found their bodies and equipment just outside the gate. Those soldiers had visible lacerations and were drained of blood.
As though taunting them, their bodies had been staged, found in the same order they left in. The LT went pale as a ghost, because there was not a drop of blood to be found. What was the most chilling? The men were all within earshot, but no one heard a thing.
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