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I don't think you should necessarily be afraid of the dark, but you should definitely be aware of your surroundings when nighttime comes around or you might just encounter something... very unpleasant.

Despite all of the bad things going on in the world, my mom and I decided it'd be a good idea to go on a camping trip in Northern Ontario (Canada). When she told me about the campsite, I just couldn't say no. I love the outdoors.

We invited our friend too (let's call her Fenyx). She was more than enthusiastic to tag along.

On July 7th we set off. It was a long, tiring trip but the landscapes were breathtaking nonetheless. After five and a half hours of driving we made it. I was so happy to get out of the car.

The first few days were perfect. We had lots of fun fishing, swimming, and hiking the trails. The weather was great, too. It was like a dream come true.

Though, after a while we started to hear strange noises at night- usually while we were in our tent. My mother and Fenyx just brushed it off as an animal in the woods, but I felt uneasy.

It didn't sound like an animal, it sounded human. But there was no logical reason for someone to be in the woods past 12am... right?

I should mention that we were in a pretty remote area. We only had one neighbor beside us the whole time. They were on the right side and the noises were coming from the left.

A few times by the campfire we'd hear the same noises- feet scattering around in those woods. When I flashed my flashlight towards the noises, there was nothing.

The second last night me, my mom, and Fenyx put out the fire and turned in for the night. I did a lot that day so I had no trouble falling asleep. It was peaceful... until I woke up to someone walking around outside.

At first I thought it was one of my camp-mates, but when I looked over I saw them both fast asleep. I shifted around a bit, and I must have scared them off because they ran back into the woods. I was too freaked out to even say anything so I just lied there in silence. I couldn't hear the person anymore. I found myself falling back asleep which was a dumb idea because there could've been a murderer out there!

I woke up a second time to the same noise but this time it was closer. I nudged my mom gently and pointed towards the sound, staying silent. She mumbled something about a raccoon and fell back asleep.

The noise suddenly just stopped. I shut my eyes and hid under my covers. After a few moments of complete silence, I felt a hand grab my leg. I screamed louder than I've ever screamed before, waking up my mom and Fenyx.

I kicked as hard as I could. I must've hit it, because I heard a loud grunt. It was a very loud, animalistic grunt. At first it just stood there. I could see it, illuminated by the moonlight. It seemed to have hooves and antlers like a deer but it was standing on its hind legs. It was so tall and thin. Thank God he eventually ran away because I was sure I was going to die.

We packed everything except our tent and sped out of there, despite it being the middle of the night. My mom called 911 and told them what happened. They had police officers go out there and check the area. One officer even followed behind us until we left the park to make sure we were safe. They found nothing.

I didn't sleep that night, I was way too scared even though I was in my own house. I'm just glad we got out of there alive, even if we were terrified. I always keep my guard up, and I'm never going back to that place... not after that night. I haven't even gone camping at all since.

Always be mindful of the things around you, and be careful of what could be lurking in the dark.
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