Dark X'Mas #05 Twisted Portrait

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I was walking to my stand early one morning (like an hour before sunup early) and I started hearing footsteps behind me. I thought I was just tripping because honestly who hasn't thought they heard scary noises in the dark? But it very quickly became apparent that they weren't just echoes or anything like that. I spun around and brought my gun up, but my headlight reflected off my scope and I got blinded. I heard the footsteps move off the trail but I couldn't see anything.
As a started moving again, a light appeared to the woods to my right, paralleling me about 75 yards away. It continued alongside me for about 50-100 yards before I cut my headlight off, at which point it swept back and forth, then clicked off. At this point, I was crouched down with my gun up and I could hear two male voices whispering to each other, then nothing.
I crept to my stand and felt safer with my back to a tree and looking out over the trail I came in on, but I never saw any deer. When it was time for lunch I climbed down the deer stand and checked a rub-line maybe 100 yards to my left for activity.
When I got back there was a rabbit at the base of my stand. Its head had been neatly cut off and the wound was still steaming. The rabbit was limp but there was no blood or footprints anywhere near.

Johnny Strange


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