Sorry for being late with this post, our duty never ends. This is the report from a shorter mission. We were receiving reports of animals and people being found in the woods around a small Indiana town. The bodies all had one thing in common: they had been mauled and partially eaten. The details that we were sent were...gruesome, to say the least. So, we set out for Indiana. Vaguely, I remember Carter mentioning that he had lived here. At the time, I didn't connect that to what was happening.
We set out from the plane: me, Doc, and Bear squad. Jenkins was left at the plane in case we had any more visits. We coordinated with the local authorities, which was a slow process as they weren't used to dealing with this kind of situation. That, and we had to keep showing our authorization papers. We eventually tracked down an eye-witness: an old woman. She told us this story about her dog barking one night. She went outside to tell the dog to be quiet, when the dog whined loudly then got quiet. She was just in time to see an animal drag the dog's body into the woods. Apparently, the animal was human shaped, but t moved very fast. She wasn't able to give anything else useful, but it was looking like we might be dealing with Rake attacks. We wanted to be sure before we called in for help. In certain cases, such as Rake encounters, we are to observe the situation, and report it in. Another group will then arrive and we observe how they deal with it. It's kind of like on-the-job training.
I decided to set a trap for this 'animal.' And we waited. And waited. A few uneventful nights passed by. No sign of the 'animal.' The local authorities were getting impatient, they sent teams into the woods at night. We warned them not to do it, but why would listen to us? Why would they listen to the people who are armed better than the common military? They lost a whole team. Five people never left the woods, their bodies were found two days later. The 'clean-up' part of this operation was going to be difficult, but we would cross that when we got there. Some good did come out of all of that though, we were able to narrow the zone that we had been searching.
Finally, we caught a break. We found the 'animal.' Or rather, it found us. It looked a lot like the Rake, just smaller. When it came out of the woods, it looked straight at me with those empty black eyes. Then it looked as if it was trying to smell something. Followed by a sound that I can only describe a 'squeek.' And it ran straight towards me, but not in a threatening manner. Luckily, Doc and O'Conner had those snare-pole-things that animal control officers had let us borrow. They caught it and put it into a cage.
We brought it back to the plane without incident. After we had dealt with the 'cleaning,' Doc asked me to come into the cargo hold, where we had the creature stored. He told me that he thinks it's one of the creatures from the Path. And he showed me old posts on this blog about the creature. We think it was same one that had followed Carter. Doc also thinks that these creatures may be slightly telepathic, as it seems able to sense that we had all known Carter. So now we have a Path denizen in a cage. No idea how to handle this, anyone have any advice?
We also checked in on S since we were in the area. And by 'check in' I mean that we didn't talk to her, just watched as she went through a regular day. Poor girl. She doesn't look like she's been doing very well lately. It's really sad, she's safer than she has ever been yet she's miserable. The only person who could cheer her up may as well be dead for all it matters. We'll be pretty busy for the next few weeks, so hopefully I'll be able to post reports. -- Com. Sam Cartwright