Pitch kept to the shadows, watching the youth curiously. He had never come within twenty feet of him, had never even been noticed by him. Yet there was something about him that was undeniably fascinating. And it was obvious that the Man in the Moon was interested in him as well.
Unfortunately, this night seemed different. The boy was aware of him. Could he see him?
Pitch struggled with the idea of killing him, versus corrupting him, versus leaving him alone. Curiosity eventually won out. He couldn’t kill him- not yet, at least. Now he struggled with the idea of revealing himself. He took a tentative step towards him, out of the gloom. “I suppose you’ve caught me.” He said, chuckling. “It’s about time you noticed. You’re rather carefree, unlike the rest of the people around here. They tend to be so uptight, so full of fear- you’re different. It’ll be the death of you.”
█▒ ☼ ╼╼ The shadows parted to reveal a sinister looking man. It was not someone from Tanglewood, which was almost as terrifying as the man’s hollow yellow eyes. But perhaps man was not the proper word, because Jackson sensed he was not from this world or the next. Was he a sorcerer? Ghost? Or something new altogether?
Jackson was not so stupid as to not be scared. He was indeed frightened by the man donned in cloaks blacker than the night itself. His first instinct was to run, but he managed to resist it and clutched his shepherd’s crook ever tighter. And though he was scared, Jackson couldn’t help but have a quivering smile on his lips, looking rather impish in the gloom.
"Who are you supposed to be?" Jackson snapped, though his voice cracked in the darkness. "The boogeyman or something?"
However, the dark man only spoke truths. Jackson was different than his fellow colonists. He was happy, chipper, full of life and fun. Everyone else, save for the children, were dower and proper. But that would be the death of him? It was cryptic, of course, but it made his hands tremble.
"You don’t know anything about me! You don’t know how I live or how I will die."