The night was dark. Way too dark. The wind seemed to have a voice of its own. The words that it was trying to form were unintelligible. At least to mere mortal man. That's assuming that only a mere man was listening. The quietness was deafening. Each little sound seemed to be magnified a thousand times over.
All the time that they tried to make their way through the dense woods They had the feeling that they were being watched. If not followed. The trio of lost souls trudged onward to what they hoped was a safe place.
They were right in their uneasiness. Aside from the darkness, and cold, they were being watched. But not from the ground. But from above, as they moved through the trees, and fought their way through the undergrowth, in the moonlight, several beings watched from the trees, following their every move. Moving silently and swiftly through the tops of the trees, they easily kept up with the lost wanders. Keeping out of sight was easy, between the darkness, and their height in the trees, there's was no way, anyone on the ground could see them, even if they looked, and it was doubtful they could be seen even in the bright afternoon sun. The fact that the tree watchers were only the size of a small monkey helped too.
The tree dwellers communicated among themselves using a form of mental telephony far above the understanding of humans. They could however, hear and understand what the three travelers said among themselves. so they were aware of their situation. Having put the travelers in the predicament they now found themselves in, the tree watchers waited intently to see how they would react to the new surrounding.
After several hours of letting the travels wander around the huge forest in circles, they provided what appeared to be a old log cabin in a small clearing for them to find.
The trio, comprised of two young men, and a woman, had found themselves waking up from dreams of being lost alone, to being fully awake and together in the middle of the forest. They didn't know each other at the beginning of their adventure. However, by the time they found the small clearing with the old cabin, they had bonded in the typical way folks band together in a dire situation.
The cabin looked safe enough. The walls seemed to be made of hand hewed timber, long ago, the path up to the door was well worn. The door was made of several planks held together by boards nailed across the top and bottom. The handle was a rope strung through a hole in the door.
Tentatively, one of the men, took hold of the old door pull. A gently tug , and it swung out to them easily. Once open. They could see into the dark cabin. The air from inside was damp and stale. One by one they they stepped into the cabin. The two men first followed by the young lady. Once inside, the door slammed shut behind them. There they stood in total darkness. After a minute their eyes adjusted to the lack of light inside the cabin. What they couldn't see were the tree watchers perch up in the corners of the cabin, watching. They continued their discussion of the group below them .
"Who would you like?" One Tree Watcher asked the other.
"I don't know that it makes much difference" Came the reply.
"Your the one that's dying." The third one chimed in.
" The female will do nicely. I always wanted to be a woman. I'm tired of being a old man. " The Second One decided.
"Very well, then. It shall be. "
With that the two young men found themselves back in their respective beds sleeping again. Suddenly the young lady was alone in the cabin. She almost fainted as her two companions suddenly disappeared. The Tree Watchers made themselves visible to her. The stood on the floor in front of her. Standing about two feet tall, and appearing to look like little humans, only they had no facial features, at least not like her's. Weather from the shock of the their sudden appearance, or their unusual physical appearance, she fainted.
When she woke up, she found herself in her bed. But feeling very strange. Like there was another person inside her. She found herself having thoughts she had no idea where they came from. Memories came flooding to her. Memories of things she knew she'd never done. Faces, of people she'd never seen before, places she'd never been before, some of which she never knew existed before, But she had the feeling she'd been to those places before. Slowly over time she thought she heard another voice in her head. A small strange voice telling her to do things, Giving her memories of another life, a life she had never lived. Experiences she knew she never had.
One day she looked in the mirror. There staring back at her was not her face, But the face of the small creature from in the cabin. The cabin she had nightmares about. Suddenly it came to her, the nightmare was true. She had been in the woods with two strangers, she had found the cabin. The creatures were real. She now had one living inside her body and mind.