A heavy mist, the moon rising, the sound of rushing water nearby. Maddie paused in the dark, listening, the dog at her heel.
The dog’s ears flicked forward, and Maddie followed him deeper into the darkness. She knew he’d heard something, but whatever it was hadn’t reached her yet. Go closer, be cautious, she knew both were necessary.
The dog lead her to a small stream and they followed it for several hundred yards, keeping to the tree line.
The stream emptied into a pool surrounded by large boulders, though some of the stones looked to Maddie as though they had been shaped by something other than nature. She crouched next to the dog and scanned the edge of the pool.
A movement on the far side caught her eye, and she tried to focus enough to make out the shape of whatever it was that had moved.
Before she could, everything went black.