The dark being with the badly formed metal bird mask stood in the doorway. I concealed myself as best as I could in the shadows. My heart thudded in my chest so loudly I thought it would lead him to me. Slowly, he turned his head side to side, scanning the darkness for a hint of me, and stopped. He stared in my direction, then turned on his heel and left the doorway. I waited. I stood and made my way to the door. I stepped across the threshold. His glowing metallic mask waited for me on the other side.

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