If you must travel the haunted woods, bring a pumpkin with you.
Stick to the path, no matter how pretty the foxfire nor how clearly you hear someone calling your name.
If you sense a presence behind you, don’t look. Don’t run. This is what prey does.
Stay calm. Carve your pumpkin.
Before the chill reaches you, strike a light.
Carry your lantern backward on your shoulder, glaring fire behind you.
The forest won’t move if it feels watched.
Once home, set the lantern by your gate to discourage followers.
The sun should rise before your sentry fades.
Author bio: I like to write in just about every genre, but my favourites are horror and fantasy.
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Precautions is part of 101 Fiction issue 13.