The world I knew is gone. I don't even recognize it anymore. It's as if I've stepped out of a movie. All the things Shirley Sackwell has said are true. I saw those things with my own eyes. Tom and I were hunting in the woods behind my house. Since all the meat in the grocery stores are gone, and we have run out of meat, we thought we'd find some deer for the neighborhood. That is when we saw them. At first, we though they were a family of bears. They were next to the river, drinking. But when it stood up, I knew it was an animal I've ever seen before. I almost wet myself right there. The creature stood over seven feet tall. Maybe closer to eight. The hair was matted, dark, and I could smell it from where I stood. It stunk of must and earth. Tom and I were frozen. It took all I had to move my thumb to take off the safety on my gun. That did it. It heard my movement. It turned toward us and roared. I never felt fear like that...
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