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You are alone in the forest. It’s dark and quiet. No one goes into the forest anymore. You don’t know why you’ve walked in, but you feel something you have not felt in a long time. Silence. Power. Depth. You feel afraid, but you know there is something here that is worth discovering...

A voice in your head tells you to leave. A voice in your heart tells you to stay. What do you do?

Turn around and begin to walk out of the forest...

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Stay, and begin to walk in more deeply...

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On walking out, you feel relieved, but also regretful. You’ve missed out on something, but at least you are safe.

You look around at your town, full of wandering people who now completely ignore the forest. Their little worlds are all they know, and you have just glimpsed that there is a great deal more, not far from your own home.

You turn back and wonder whether you should go back in. Something is pulling you towards the forest, but you feel as if you still have a choice. What do you do?

Return to the forest and discover what’s in there...

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Leave the forest completely and go home...

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You walk alone through a dark, quiet border of a town, lit with lights shining from houses. You see the occasional person walk between homes. There is a community here, and you feel slightly apart. You wonder what it was that you felt in the forest. Then you try to dismiss it as you walk in through your front door.

It is quiet. You’ve never noticed silence like this. It makes you feel slightly uneasy.

What do you do next?

Go to bed...

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Go out to meet with friends to distract yourself...

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You fall asleep quickly. It is easier than normal. Your mind becomes calm and it’s easy to drift off. It is quiet and peaceful. Suddenly you find yourself somewhere else.

You are back in the forest, in the same place you found yourself before. This time you can’t turn back. You try to turn away but you can’t. Your only option now is to walk forward. You don’t want to walk. You resist, but some unknown force is pushing you. Your feet try to dig into the forest floor but it is no use. You are being forced into the forest, and you don’t know what for.

This feels more real than any dream. You feel cold, stressed, afraid, gripped by something more powerful than you.

You struggle for a while longer, you begin to run out of energy. You are tired. You decide there is nothing you can do to stop this. You willingly start to walk forward, to see what awaits you in the forest.

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You leave your home and begin to walk over to the pub. It’s not far. A five minute walk in between other homes with dim lights shining from their windows. You see the pub in the distance. It looks busy. You can hear the bustle already. You can hear music. You don’t really want to go in but you don’t want to be alone. You approach the pub and stand at the door. It's already late. Something tells you to turn back home.

What do you do?

Turn back home and go to bed...

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Enter the pub...

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As soon as you open the doors you are hit by noise. The noise is louder than normal. Laughter, music, dancing people – you are already being accidently pushed here and there by people filled with drink. You look around for any sign of your friends. You see them to the left, sitting around a table. You begin to walk towards them.

“Oi!” a voice says in your ear. You feel a large hand grip your shoulder. “You just made me spill my drink.”

You look to your side. A large man is there, drunk, ugly, stooping down and breathing all over you. The stench of beer and breath is vile.

What do you do?

Apologise and try to move on...

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Push him off you forcefully...

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You apologise, but he does not accept it.

“Buy me another,” he says.

You don’t want to, but you reach into your pockets for money.

“Hurry up!” he says. He pushes you backwards. You are pushed into another large man who turns around and glares at you.

“You made me spill my drink!” the new man says.

He swings a punch at you and you duck, and the punch lands directly in the first man’s chest, knocking him back.

There is a fight. All of a sudden, a cheerful pub has turned into a house of brawlers, and everything kicks off. Punches, chairs, drinks and kicks are being thrown by everyone around you. It is chaos.

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You don’t know where to turn but you cover your head and try to turn back to where the exit might be. You are ducking, catching accidental blows and you make it to the door. You push the door open and make it to the quiet safety of the night.

Your friends. You’ve forgotten your friends! You consider going back in to try to help them, but soon they burst out of the pub, laughing and cackling with each other. They see you.

“Eh, Bernard? What you doing here? Lucky you didn’t come in, mate, there was a huge fight. Not your scene, not at all.”

They are all drunk and declare they are going home. You look around at empty streets and a noisy, fighting pub behind you.

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You push him away and he barely moves. He looks at you menacingly.

“Right,” he says. He draws back his fist and makes a huge swing for your face. You duck and cover your head, and the punch connects with another man standing behind you.

The new man turns, sees the man who has just punched him, and he punches him back. The first man goes flying, and all of a sudden there is a huge fight. Everyone is involved. People are punching, shouting, kicking, smashing glasses. You decide to retreat to safety, and you see your friends clearing off to a back entrance. You follow after them and make it back out into the night.

“Bernard? Bernard were you in there? What started all that?”

You say you don’t know. You are ready to go back home. You knew you should never have come.

Your friends start to stagger back to their own homes, and you have nothing left to distract yourself with.

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You get back home. You have an overwhelming weariness come over you. You have a feeling that you don’t want to deal with the world and the people in it anymore, and sleep calls you to rest.

You go upstairs, get ready for bed and lie down to sleep. Your drowsiness increases and your mind turns strangely peaceful.

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You walk forward in deathly silence. Your shoes crunch against the leaves of the forest as you take each step.

You look around in the darkness and feel as if something is watching you. The trees look like silent people. There is something living in this forest, a presence that you have never been aware of.

You start to look further into the distance, and you suddenly see the figure of a man. He isn’t moving. He is standing there in a light mist, as still as the trees. He starts to run towards you.

What do you do?

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Stand your ground...

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You turn and run. He isn’t making noise as he chases you, but you turn and see him gaining on you quickly. He is hugely tall and strongly built, making no noise at all. You scream out for help and suddenly your mouth is grabbed from behind and you are taken gently to the ground.

He has you trapped in his arms, and they feel like rocks. You can’t move. His voice whispers in your ear:

“What are you doing here?”

Will you answer him?

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You will not be intimidated. This man is running, silently without noise, directly towards you. He is hugely tall and strongly built, and he seems to glide when he runs.

He approaches you swiftly and stops so that he is just a few strides away from you. You look up at him. He is not quite human. He is too big, he looks almost ethereal. You aren’t sure what to think, but you know that you have never seen anyone like this before.

He stares at you. Reality seems to shift into nothing for a moment.

He speaks:

“What are you doing here?”

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He uncovers your mouth and you are too afraid to scream. He lets you go. You stand up and back away from him. You stay still, knowing that if you run he will catch you again.

“I don’t know why I’m here. I just don’t know.”

He looks at you. He asks something else:

“No one comes into the forest anymore. Why is that?”

“I don’t know. Everyone’s working. If they aren’t working then they’re busy doing something else...”

“Working?” he asks.

“Yes. You know, jobs, school, all the rest. You know.”

He looks as if he is trying to remember something very distant in his past.

“Plus there is fear,” you say.

“Fear of what?”

“Probably of things like you.”

He pauses.

“Why are you here?” he asks.

“I told you I don’t know. What are you? Who are you?”

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He stares at you.

“I don’t know,” you reply. You’ve never seen anything so silent staring back at you.

“No one comes into the forest anymore. Why is that?” he asks.

“I don’t know. Everyone’s working. If they aren’t working then they’re busy doing something else.”

“Working?” he asks.

“Yes. You know, jobs, school, all the rest. You know.”

He looks as if he is trying to remember something very distant in his past.

“Plus there is fear,” you say.

“Fear of what?”

“Probably of things like you,” you reply.

“Why are you here?” he asks again.

“I told you I don’t know. What are you? Who are you?”

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“I’m an Earthman. I’m like a caretaker of these forests. They are part of me, and I am part of them.”

“Where do you come from?”

“The Earth. We all do.”

“Are there more of you?”

“Not at the moment. We began to die out.”

“From what?”

“A disease. A disease of feeling separate from the Earth.”

You look at his feet. There are roots growing out of them, just like a tree.

He stares at you again.

“People have forgotten what lives in these forests now that no one enters. Everything has turned to myth. But they are not myths.”

“Like what?” you ask.

“Do you want to see?” he says. “I can show you.”

What do you say?

Say yes, show me...

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Say no, leave me alone...

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You say yes, and he turns and begins to walk away.

“Follow me,” he says. You follow him and walk slightly behind.

“What’s your name?” you ask.

“I don’t have one,” he says.

You look around. You are looking for more creatures.

“Have you heard of the Nightbug?” he asks.

“Only in fairy tales,” you say.

You remember the myth of the Nightbug says that you risk being eaten alive, but stand to gain powers that you never had if you survive.

“There is a nest of them just here,” he says. He stops and points at the ground.

“Where?” you ask.

“Here. You have to jump up and down three times to see it.”

What do you do?

Jump up and down three times where he points...

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Refuse to take part in case it’s dangerous...

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You step on the spot and jump. You jump again. On the third jump, as you land the forest floor gives way, and you are hurtling downwards, as if you are on a slide, and as you call out to the Earthman you see him waving goodbye.

You speed downwards and end up being thrown onto new ground where you roll to a stop.

It’s sticky. You can’t move so easily. You look around and there are small lights that begin to move on the walls.

“Who are you?” a dark voice says.

You give your name, you say the Earthman has sent you.

“The Earthman? He sent you?”

“No,” you correct yourself, “he didn’t send me, but he asked me if I wanted to see a Nightbug.”

You can’t see what you are talking to, but the lights are still moving around on the walls.

“You’re lucky. This is normally where my food lands,” the voice says. “Since you know the Earthman, I can not eat you. But I can not free you either. You can only free yourself.”

“How?” you ask.

“By finding your inner power.”

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“What inner power?” you ask.

“You all have it. All you humans. But you have forgotten about it...

Be quiet. Be very very quiet.”

You go quiet. Silent.

“Now look inside.”

You close your eyes and look inside. There is a light. You try to grab it but it disappears.

“Yield to the light,” the Nightbug says.

You aren’t sure what that means, but as you relax, the light gets bigger, and you start to feel the floor become less sticky.

Suddenly you are free, and you feel you have power in your hands. It is pulsating through your body.

You stand up.

“I could use your help,” the Nightbug says. “My children are trapped. If you could use your power, you could free them. They won’t hurt you...”

You remember hearing stories about Nightbug babies swarming on men, eating them alive.

What do you do?

Decide to help the Nightbug...

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Try to get back to the surface...

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You start to look for an exit. You try to use your power to push yourself up and away from the Nightbug but it doesn’t work. You start to clamber around.

“You know, I could just eat you if I wanted,” the Nightbug says. “Your power is nothing if it is clouded by fear. Please, help me.”

You just want out, but your power starts to dim. You sense the Nightbug breathing on your back. You are in danger.

“Ok!” you say. “I’ll help.” The breath of the Nightbug leaves your back, and you feel more at ease. Your power returns.

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You say you can help, and the Nightbug steps forward. It is huge, towering, a face with a thousand eyes – all bright yellow and gleaming, it has large moving mandibles at the front, and it looks around at the walls.

“My babies. They are trapped in the walls. There was a collapse from above. If I try to get them out, I might bury myself along with them.”

You feel a power pulsating even more strongly in your hands, and your hands raise themselves up to pluck each light from the wall. Every time you pluck, a baby Nightbug is released, and begins to buzz gently around the underground cave.

The Nightbug looks alert. “Don’t eat him,” it says to them. “Leave him alone.”

Some of the Nightbugs buzz around you, as if they are smelling you.

“He saved you, don’t eat him,” the Nightbug says.

If you stop you might get eaten.

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You continue to save Nightbugs, but you feel that as more are saved, more of them want to swarm you. You pluck the final one from the wall, and you sense all of them as one fly towards you, looking to penetrate your body and eat you from the inside. You feel a hand grab you by the shirt and pull you back out of the Nightbug lair, up and out again onto the forest floor.

You fall on to your back, and the Earthman is standing above you. A swarm of glowing baby Nightbugs erupt out of the ground, congregate together in a glowing mass, and dart towards you again. Your fear means your inner power is cut off, and just as the Nightbugs reach you, the Earthman throws a shield of light around you, so that nothing can penetrate. You see the baby Nightbugs darting into the shield, again and again, always bouncing off.

You feel safer, gradually, you start to relax, and your power starts to come back. You feel your power rising from within you, and you feel the power flow through your hands again. You stand up and say:

“Be gone!”

All of a sudden the baby Nightbugs retreat into their hole in the ground, and you and the Earthman are left alone.

“Do you want to continue?” the Earthman asks.

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Say no...

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“No thanks,” you say. “I don’t want to risk that.”

“Ok,” says the Earthman, “but you stand to miss out on powers that you have never known before.”

“I could also die,” you say.

“Very well. But unless you gain these powers through the Nightbug’s presence, you will not be well enough equipped to continue through the forest. I would fear for your safety.”

“You don’t fear for my safety now?”

“No. I will keep you safe for now. It’s a question of trust.”

Do you trust the Earthman?

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No – turn away and leave...

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You don’t want to risk it, so you turn and start to leave.

You start to walk away, and you feel like the whole forest is trying to pull you back to the Earthman, as if there is something you need to see.

You ignore the pull and keep walking. You turn back and can’t see the Earthman. You hear something in the bushes beside you rustling. You can’t see what it is. You hear something squeal like a pig, and suddenly a huge boar-like creature is sprinting out from the bushes, and it drives its single tusk into your leg.

You feel the tusk go straight through your leg, and you are lifted high up off the ground while you feel some kind of poison being injected through the tusk into your thigh. You feel your leg go numb, and then the numbness starts to creep into your whole body.

“Piggen!” the Earthman shouts. “Piggen no!”

“Piggen will destroy any human in the forest!” the boar cries, carrying you on its tusk. And gradually, the world fades away into nothing...

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You say you wish to continue. The Earthman nods and leads the way.

“Make sure you stay close,” the Earthman says. “Do not get distracted by anything. Stay close.”

You stay close beside him. His body looks like it’s made out of rock, you still can’t understand how he makes no noise when he steps. You start to look at his feet, then at yours.

You notice again the roots that are growing out of his feet. You stoop down to get a closer look, and end up falling a few steps behind. You feel strangely exposed. You need to catch up.

Suddenly you hear a rustling from beside you, and just as you turn to look, a large boar-like creature with a single shining tusk comes charging out of the bushes, drives its head into you and impales your leg with its tusk.

The pain is unbearable, and you feel yourself lifted off the ground as you are carried away. You feel a strange numb sensation flow out of the tusk and into your leg. It is like an injection, seeping into your entire body, and you feel the numbness flow into your face. You feel sleepy.

“Piggen!” the Earthman cries.

The boar speaks:

“Piggen makes sure no nasty humans make it to the forest ever again.”

And then everything goes dark, and you feel yourself fade into nothing.

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You wake up in your bed. You aren’t sure what happened. You can’t believe that any of that was a dream. It was too real. But perhaps...perhaps it was. Perhaps it was just...

You notice a pain in the side of your leg. You pull back the covers, look down and see a large wound covered in a pale, putty-like layer that seals it from the elements.

“Don’t touch it!” you hear the Earthman say in your mind. “Don’t touch it.”

You can’t remember anything. You feel tired. You have an urge to write to try to regain your memories of what happened. You also feel sleep calling you again.

What do you do?

Grab a pen and paper and start to write out hidden memories...

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Lie back and go to sleep...

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You start to write, and everything becomes clear.

You remember what happened, what you saw, how you were healed, the journey you went through to get back home. You write at the top of the page, “Bernard’s Memoirs”, and you realise that if anyone were to read this, they would think you had gone mad...

You’re not sure you care about that. You realise that you now have an insatiable hunger to find out about everything that lives within the forest, to see what you have been missing out on all these years.

You remember that at some point you felt a very strong golden power within you that could flow through you and into the world when you weren’t afraid. Whenever you were scared, you would tense up and constrict the flow. This power now seems to be gone. You just feel normal again, apart from this strong urge to go back into the forest.

There is a knock at your door. Three knocks. Then silence.

What do you do?

Go downstairs and answer...

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Ignore it...

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As you sleep you remember what happened, what you saw, how you were healed, the journey you went through to get back home. You resolve to write a series of memoirs to describe what has happened, and you even begin to write inside your dream. You entitle a new page with the words “Bernard’s Memoirs”, and you begin to write.

You realise that if anyone were to read this, they would think you had gone mad...

You’re not sure you care about that, but you realise that you now have an insatiable hunger to find out about everything that lives inside the forest, to see what you have been missing out on all these years.

You remember that at some point you felt a very strong power within you that could flow through you and into the world when you weren’t afraid. Whenever you were scared, you would tense up and constrict the flow. This power now seems to be gone. You just feel normal again, apart from this strong urge to go back into the forest.

You are awoken out of your dream by a knock at your door. Three knocks. Then silence.

What do you do?

Go downstairs and answer...

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Ignore it...

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You try to ignore it but the knocks are relentless. They knock again. They keep knocking. It is so loud you fear they might break your door in. You feel a surge of anger, not fear. You go downstairs and notice your leg still has a sharp pain in it.

The knocking stops. You open the door.

There is a note on the ground. It reads:

“Meet me at the forest edge at MIDNIGHT.

Come alone.”

You look around. You can’t see anyone close by. You don’t recognise the slanted handwriting. You close your door and go back inside. Your leg starts to hurt more and you feel a very strong tiredness come over you again. You feel like you might collapse where you stand. You lie on the sofa, look at the note, and wonder who it is from. Just as you fall asleep, you hear a buzzing sound. There is a very faint glow of red coming from somewhere, but the drowsiness is so strong, you exit this world into sleep.

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You walk downstairs. Your leg hurts, but it can support you. You open the door, and no one is there. There is a note on the ground. It reads:

“Meet me at the forest edge at MIDNIGHT.

Come alone.”

You look around. You can’t see anyone close by. You don’t recognise the slanted handwriting. You close your door and go back inside. Your leg starts to hurt more and you feel a very strong tiredness come over you again. You feel like you might collapse where you stand. You lie on the sofa, look at the note, and wonder who it is from...

Just as you fall asleep, you hear a buzzing sound. There is a very faint glow of red coming from somewhere, but the drowsiness is so strong, you exit this world into sleep.

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You wake up. It’s dark. It’s night. You don’t know what time it is. You aren’t thirsty or hungry, which is strange.

You stand up and the pain in your leg is completely gone. Then you feel something. Something is inside there, moving around. You look down and your leg is glowing red. You feel a buzzing, crawling sensation where the wound was, and something pops out of your leg. It’s a glowing red insect, buzzing, hovering in front of you. It’s waiting.

What do you do?

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You run over to the door, open it, and the insect zooms out of the door and heads straight for the forest, and disappears. You turn a light on, look at the clock.

It’s nearly midnight. What do you do?

Go to the forest edge to meet with the mystery note-maker...

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Stay home and lock the doors...

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You stay home and lock the doors. You turn the lights out to make it seem as if you are not home. You aren’t tired now. You are fully awake, brimming with life. You sit on your sofa, and a power begins to stir inside you again. It is gentle, it is faint, but you begin to give yourself to it. The more you relax, the more it floods every cell of your body. It feels like fresh life, a new intelligence that knows what to do.

Your door knocks again. You don’t know how much time has passed. You can’t quite see the clock in the darkness.

The door knocks again. Harder.

“Bernard! Bernard!” You hear someone calling. It’s a familiar voice. You run over, open the door, and standing there is Gerald Goodson, a neighbour, with a terribly panicked look on his face.

“Bernard I’m so sorry to disturb you. It’s my wife, she’s terribly sick! I mean really awful! I’m so worried, could you come and take a look at her?”

What do you do?

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You try to grab the insect but it darts, it evades. It wants you to let it out, but you try to grab it again. You miss. It starts to fly into your face and poke at you to set it free. It is uncomfortable. You raise your hands to try to stop it darting at your face. It ends up driving you to the door, which you open, and the insect zooms out and heads to the forest.

It disappears into the distance.

You look at the clock. It’s nearly midnight. What do you do?

Go to the forest's edge to meet with the mystery note-maker...

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Stay home and lock the doors...

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You walk out of your door. Cold bites your face. You are wearing a thick coat, and you can see your breath in front of you. You look around, no one is around. You see lights from houses, darkness and trees ahead of you. Your leg is now completely healed, and your whole body feels stronger than ever. You feel something again as you move closer into the forest, a golden light, a power that rises from within you. It feels warm and strong, and the closer you get to the forest, the more it floods your body.

You see the figure of a woman standing by the forest’s edge. She stands cloaked, in a hood. She sees you coming. You can’t see her face.

She darts into the woods and out of sight.

You suddenly remember something else. The Earthman told you something:

“The forests are more dangerous at night. Do not go there in the dark, and never enter the forest without me. You are not strong enough yet.”

As the memory fully dawns on you, you reach the edge of the forest. You still have a choice. You can turn back and stay in your house, and hope this woman doesn’t come knocking on your door. Or you hear what she has to say. You can feel her close by.

What do you do?

Go home and lock the doors...

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Stay at the forest’s edge, and wait...

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You stay at the forest’s edge. You wait to see what happens. You see movement in the trees. You wait and watch. You hear a female’s voice...

“Bernard. Bernard I have been watching you. I want you to come with me. I want to show you more of the forest.”

“Who are you?” you ask.

“My name is Elisa. I want to show you more, more things that the Earthman will never show you.”

“More things? Like what?”

“More creatures. Creatures you will never imagine could exist. I want to show you.”

The Earthman’s warnings of the darkened forest ring in your heart. You know he would advise against it. Even more memories from your time with the Earthman are popping up into your head. You try to remember them all for the memoirs you plan to write.

“Come with me, Bernard, let me show you what really dwells here.”

Out of the darkness you see a female’s gloved hand extend. You can’t see the rest of her. Just a hand that extends into the light shining from the the nearby town, and it beckons you in.

You hear another voice from behind you. It sounds panicked.

“Bernard! Bernard!” You turn around. It is Gerald Goodson, one of the locals. He is running toward you, looking terribly aghast. He says:

“Bernard! Thank goodness! All the other doctors, they are out on call. Please, my wife! She is terribly ill! I don’t know who else can help...someone told me they saw you walking out here...I need your help!”

What do you to?

Leave the forest and try to help Gerald's wife...

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You go home and lock the doors. You turn the lights out to make it seem as if you are not home. You aren’t tired now. You are fully awake, brimming with life. You sit on your sofa, and a power begins to stir inside you again. It is gentle, it is faint, but you begin to give yourself to it. The more you relax, the more it floods every cell of your body. It feels like fresh life, a new intelligence that knows what to do.

Your door knocks again. You don’t know how much time has passed. You can’t quite see the clock in the darkness.

The door knocks again. Harder.

“Bernard! Bernard!” You hear someone calling. It’s a familiar voice. You run over, open the door, and standing there is Gerald Goodson, a neighbour, with a terribly panicked look on his face.

“Bernard I’m so sorry to disturb you, it’s my wife, she’s terribly sick! I mean really awful! I’m so worried, could you come and take a look at her?”

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You agree to help. You turn away from the figure in the forest, and begin to follow Gerald.

Gerald explains his wife’s symptoms. She sounds like she is close to death, and it has all come on within the evening. You explain that you are not a medical doctor, he argues that you have studied drugs, and all the other doctors are unavailable. You follow him into his home to see his wife.

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You agree to help. You leave your home and follow Gerald who leads the way.

Gerald explains his wife’s symptoms. She sounds like she is close to death, and it has all come on within the evening. You explain that you are not a medical doctor, he argues that you have studied drugs, and all the other doctors are unavailable. You follow him into his home to see his wife.

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The home is stale. You can barely breathe. There is no fresh air. You don’t want to be there for too long. You suggest opening the windows but Gerald says it will become too cold for his wife.

You go upstairs and see her there on the bed – weak, pale, barely breathing. You’ve never seen anything like it. She is deteriorating quickly.

“Have you called an ambulance?” you ask. Gerald shakes his head.

“Call one,” you say.

Gerald looks worried, you see his lips start to tremble. He grabs a phone and starts dialling.

More memories come to you of first encountering that red insect in the forest. You are forced to grab a pen and paper from the bedside table and write these new memories down.

The ambulances are far away from town, maybe too far to reach her in time. The local pharmacies are closed. You aren't even sure what's wrong with her.

You have an idea. A powerful idea that will seem crazy. You know this will be your only hope. You have a choice of what to say. What do you do?

Tell the truth – say you are going to find a small creature known as the Healybug...

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You tell the truth, and say exactly what you intend to do.

You see Gerald’s face turn pale and furious as he puts down the phone. His fear turns to rage.

“What?!” he shouts. “An insect! She needs medicine!”

You try to explain the severity, the strangeness of his wife’s illness, but he grabs you by the coat and starts to drag you out of his house.

As you are pulled out of the room, your instinct reaches out to grab at a scrunched-up blouse at the end of the bed, and you stuff it in your coat pocket without Gerald seeing.

He forces you down the stairs and pushes you out into the night.

“Don’t you ever come back!” He slams the door shut.

You run to the door and call for him to open a window to get more oxygen in to the room. He does not respond. You bang on the door but he does not answer. You realise you have to go into the forest to find the Healybug. You have a final choice that will determine your fate and that of Gerald’s sick wife.

What do you do?

Run into the forest with speed...

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You mask the truth, you say there is a remedy in the forest that could help.

Gerald’s face turns to fury as he puts down the phone. His fear turns to rage.

“The forest? What good will that do? What are you after, a plant? She needs medicine!”

You try to tell him plants can have strong medicinal benefits, but he has already grabbed you by the coat in anger. He expected you to have some pills to administer. Once he realises you have none, he starts to drag you out of his house.

You try to explain the severity, the strangeness of his wife’s illness, but he grabs you by the coat and starts to drag you out of the room.

As you are pulled away, your instinct reaches out to grab at a scrunched-up blouse at the end of the bed, and you stuff it in your coat pocket without Gerald seeing.

He forces you down the stairs and pushes you out into the night.

“Don’t you ever come back!” He slams the door shut.

You run to the door and call for him to open a window to get more oxygen into the room. He does not respond. You bang on the door but he does not answer. You realise you have to go into the forest to find the Healybug. You have a final choice that will determine your fate and that of Gerald’s sick wife.

What do you do?

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You run into the forest with speed, jumping over logs, ducking under branches, wild with instinct, you feel the golden power surging in you again. More memories of the Healybug flood back, you remember where you first met it, you are running faster than ever before.

You notice something to your left. Then it disappears. Something is watching you. You don’t know who it is. You keep on running, deep into the forest and you take the blouse out of your pocket.

You hope that the Healybug will detect the scent of sickness in Gerald’s wife’s blouse. You lay it on the floor. You remain perfectly still.

“I knew you’d come back.” It’s the cloaked woman from before. She is standing over to your right. You can barely make her out, but she looks beautiful. She is walking towards you slowly.

“Why didn’t you take my hand earlier?”

You have a bad feeling in your chest.

“Leave me alone,” you say.

She walks closer.

You feel the golden power rising into your hands. If you let it go, it will shoot directly at her, and you don’t know what effect it will have. If you hold back, you might avoid a fight. The power wants to surge out.

Do you trust it?

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You let the power out and it blasts through your hands, lighting up the forest around you, covering the dark woman with light so that she shrieks and raises her arms. Her screaming fills the forest, and she starts to change shape before you.

She changes into a bird, then an elk, then a myriad of strange creatures that you have never seen before, until she shrinks down into a rat and scurries off into the distance. It was as if she was a Shapeshifter, and the stories you have heard about Shapeshifters, were never good ones.

The power stops flowing. It seems to have a mind of its own. It fills you less strongly, but seems to be recharging.

You see a red light in the distance. The Healybug is coming. The low buzz from the insect floods the air around you, and it slowly makes its way over to the blouse on the ground. It hovers above, drops into the blouse, and you quickly cover it up. You run, and start to race back to Gerald’s house.

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You are out of breath, but energised. You run to Gerald’s door and knock. You bang on the door. He opens it with a furious, teary-eyed face and storms out of his home and grabs you again.

“She’s nearly gone, Bernard! The ambulance is too far off! We don’t need you and your tricks!”

He drags you to the ground, and as you fall, you fling the glowing red blouse inside his home. Gerald climbs on top of you, raises his arm to punch down, and you see the Healybug escape out of the folds of the blouse, and begin to fly upstairs.

The first punch misses as you slide out of the way. Gerald yells as he breaks his hand by punching the ground instead. Then you both hear his wife scream, and he climbs off you to run inside.

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You run upstairs and his wife is sat bolt upright, unable to move.

“It’s inside!” she yells through a clenched jaw. She looks paralysed. Only her eyeballs can move around in fear.

“What is?” Gerald says.

“The Healybug,” you say.

Suddenly you see her relax, colour flows back into her face, and the Healybug pops out of her mouth. She looks like a new woman.

“It’s healed me,” she says, looking at her body in astonishment.

Gerald looks at you, with his mouth hanging open,

“Bernard, what…”

Then the Healybug flies into Gerald’s, mouth, knocking him back so that he his clambering around on the walls. You see a red glow flow down his arm, into his hand, where swollen, broken knuckles begin to fix themselves.

“What the…” Gerald says.

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“It’s fixing my hand,” Gerald says. “What’s happening here?”

The red glow zooms back up his arm, out of his mouth, and the Healybug hovers for a moment.

“We have to catch it,” Gerald says. “We’ll be rich.”

Gerald grabs a glass to try to catch it.

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He runs forward and swipes at the Healybug to try to catch it, but the Healybug darts out of the way and quickly flies out of the room, down the stairs and out of the open front door.

You look at the two of them. Gerald quickly forgets his failed attempt of capture, and looks at his wife. They embrace. They both start to cry, and you make your way out of the home.

“Thank you Bernard, thank you!” they both cry, as you walk out of their home, and back to your own.

As you walk away, you decide you will write a book about the Healybug and every new creature you discover in the forest.

You will call it “Mythical Creatures Of The Forest”.

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You grab Gerald’s arms and tell him no. He doesn’t understand, he struggles, and soon the Healybug has flown off, down the stairs and out of the open front door.

You look at the two of them. Gerald quickly forgets his failed attempt of capture, and looks at his wife. They embrace. They both start to cry, and you make your way out of the home.

“Thank you Bernard, thank you!” they both cry, as you walk out of their home, and back to your own.

I will write a book, you think to yourself. I will call it “Mythical Creatures Of The Forest”.

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There are more creatures to meet and lessons to learn. While you may have met the Nightbug, the Healybug, the Earthman or the Shapeshifter in this interactive adventure, you are yet to meet creatures like the Garganfan, the Dundenbeast, the Pikaloo, the Mountain Man, the Feasting Tree and the Resurrector in the original book.

Do you know who the Underwater Fisherman is, or what Heelog does to those who he finds sick or injured in the forest? Do you know what the Treekeeper does, deep underground where so few dare to go? Do you know how to get hold of the Navigation Troll if you find yourself lost in the forest? The original book will explain everything, and take you further on Bernard’s journey into the unknown.

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You turn Gerald down. He looks panicked and hurt. He asks you why but you do not answer. You enter the forest and you take the woman’s hand, and you feel yourself instantly teleported into the middle of the forest.

“What was that?” you ask.

“I just sped things up a little,” she replies.

You can see her more easily now, but her face is still in the shadows. From what you can see, she is beautiful.

She knocks three times on a large tree stump. A door opens up, and you can see a staircase going down it. She invites you to walk in.

What do you do?

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You start walking down the staircase. She follows behind, and you see the light start to fade away as the door shuts behind you.

Suddenly the stairs give way and the ground becomes a slippery slope. You fall, hit your side on the hard floor and start to slide downwards. You hear the woman’s laughs from behind you turn very dark and foul, as if she is no longer a woman, and you don’t know where you will land.

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You don’t want to go down the staircase. You tell her this. She stares at you. Suddenly a cold arm reaches out from her body and snatches you to the ground. She pushes you onto the staircase, and all of a sudden the staircase turns flat and slippery. You start to slide down it, building speed, and you hear her laughing as the door shuts behind you, and the light is cut out.

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As you slide down you try to summon your inner power, but you are too afraid for it to flow. You are kicking at the walls, trying to stop yourself from sliding, but it is of no use. You see a light, a room, and you are hurtling towards it. You are thrown into the room, and you hit the wall on the other side. You are on your knees, you look up, and there is a room full of caged animals.

They all look at you when you look up, but none of them make any noise. It’s as if they have been drained of life. Goats, birds, deer, strange creatures in the distance that you cannot quite make out, and just to your left, a human being. A woman, naked, standing in the cage, trapped and exhausted.

You hear something coming down the slide behind you. It’s a terrible squelching noise that makes your insides twist.

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You see a huge blue slug-like creature sliding down the slope, and it appears, squeezing itself through the doorway. It has a face, a wide thin mouth and beady little eyes.

It has a dark voice.

“Hello,” it says.

“What are you?” you ask. You try to back away.

“I’m a Shapeshifter. I brought you here. You would not have come with me unless I was in a more familiar form.”

You know one of these cages is meant for you.

What do you do?

Try to fight the Shapeshifter with your bare hands...

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You stand up and charge at the Shapeshifter and try to punch its face. You swing but it disappears, then it reappears again behind you. It morphs into a huge gorilla, grabs you by the foot and starts to drag you towards a cage.

You are grasping at anything, trying to hang on to any piece of cage you can find, but soon you are hurled into a cage, and the door is locked behind you.

Now you don’t know what to do. You have to do something.

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The Shapeshifter slides towards you, morphs into a gorilla and grabs you by the ankle. It snatches your foot from under you and starts to drag you towards a cage. You are dragged past creatures that you have never seen before, and you are thrown into a cage. The door is locked and bolted behind you, and the Shapeshifter walks off.

You don’t know what to do. You have to do something.

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You call out to the Shapeshifter and ask what is going on. The gorilla turns and walks towards you.

“That’s none of your business,” it says. “But if you must know, I harvest energy. I harvest mental energy from all of these creatures, and I use it for myself. The more they suffer, the more I am fed. I pick it up in the airwaves. You wouldn’t understand.”

You feel a glimmer of your inner power. It wants to speak...

“I forgive you,” you say out loud. It is spontaneous, as if the inner power is speaking through you.

The gorilla snorts and steps back.

“Shut up,” it says. It looks confused. “You aren’t supposed to say that. Don’t say that.”

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“I forgive you,” you say again, this time even more strongly, like you mean it. You see the gorilla’s knees buckle.

“No,” it says. “Stop it.”

“Everyone…” you look around. “Everyone if you can forgive this Shapeshifter, then we will all be free from him. Everyone, please, let’s forgive him, to see what it feels like.”

A bird starts singing.

“Shut up shut up!” the Shapeshifter yells. It covers its ears. Its gorilla form gets smaller, it gets thinner and weaker.

“I forgive you,” you say again. There are more noises coming from other cages, languages you don’t yet speak.

“No!” the Shapeshifter cries.

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“We all forgive you!” you say directly to the Shapeshifter, and suddenly its thin wiry frame turns into a thin, old slug, and it keels over onto its side.

“No,” it whispers.

Your cage door loosens. It falls ajar. You walk out. Other creatures start to leave their cages. You help release the birds. You all walk out together towards the entrance, where a staircase once again awaits, and an open door to freedom sits at the top of the steps.

You all walk out, into the forest, and you begin to make your way back home.

You notice that many of these creatures are beginning to morph back into human beings. You speak with them to find out what went on, and you discover what the Shapeshifter did to them, and why.

As you walk back home you decide you will write a book about this and every new creature you discover in the forest. You will call it, “Mythical Creatures Of The Forest”.

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You say no. You don’t want to see any more.

“Why not?” the Earthman asks. “Is it fear?”

It is fear, but you don’t want to admit it.

“It’s fine to be scared,” the Earthman says. “It’s natural. But you must know – if you are led away from the forest by fear, then you will never know the mysteries of this place.”

You can turn away and end your adventure, or you can move forward to join the Earthman.

What do you do?

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You walk forward, and the Earthman turns and begins to walk away.

“Follow me,” he says. You follow him and walk slightly behind.

“What’s your name?” you ask.

“I don’t have one,” he says.

You look around. You are looking for more creatures.

“Have you heard of the Nightbug?” he asks.

“Only in fairy tales,” you say.

You remember the myth of the Nightbug says that you risk being eaten alive, but stand to gain powers that you never had if you survive.

“There is a nest of them just here,” he says. He stops and points at the ground.

“Where?” you ask.

“Here. You have to jump up and down three times to see it.”

What do you do?

Jump up and down three times where he points...

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You turn back home, feeling heavy, hurt and disheartened. You walk in to your house, shut the door behind you and lie down face-first on the sofa. You have a moment of depression, then the door knocks.

You look at the door. It is still.

Then it knocks again.

You stand up and walk over to the door, expecting Gerald.

You open the door. No one is there.

You look down. There is a glove on the floor, a black glove with a note on it.

You pick up the glove and the note. The note reads:

“Wear this. Join me.”

You stare at the glove. It seems to glint in the darkness. It wants you to wear it.

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You put on the glove, and you realise instantly that it was a mistake. You are snatched away from your home, you feel as if you are being dragged through the forest by a figure of a cloaked woman. You try to fight her off but she drags you, she keeps dragging you, until you are deep within the forest, in front of a large tree that has an opening at the bottom.

You feel as if you can’t move. The glove has a strange power over you. You want it off.

You reach to the glove, and a searing pain shoots through your hand as you grab hold of it and tear it off, and as the glove flies off your hand, you feel a boot land straight in your back, kicking you forwards, down into the opening of the tree, and you are soon tumbling down a slippery slope of darkness.

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As you slide down you try to stop yourself, but nothing is working. You are tight and frantic and afraid. You are kicking at the walls, trying to stop yourself from sliding, but it is of no use. You see a light, a room, and you are hurtling towards it. You are thrown into the room, and you hit the wall on the other side. You are on your knees, you look up, and there is a room full of caged animals.

They all look at you when you look up, but none of them make any noise. It’s as if they have been drained of life. Goats, birds, deer, strange creatures in the distance that you cannot quite make out, and just to your left, a human being. A woman, naked, standing in the cage, trapped and exhausted.

You hear something coming down the slide behind you. It’s a terrible squelching noise that makes your insides twist.

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You throw the glove away, but it sticks to your hand. You try to rip it off. You grab it with your other hand, but it sticks to that as well.

Now the glove is stuck to both hands, and the more you struggle, the closer the opening in the glove moves towards your fingers. Each time you struggle, it moves that bit closer and each time it moves you try to struggle against it even more.

Before you can calm down enough to stop struggling, the glove is slipping on to your right hand, engulfing your fingers, and it sucks your hand in so that it becomes a perfect fit.

You feel as if a cloaked figure of a woman appears in front of you, taking you by the hand, dragging you in towards the forest.

You try to fight her off but she drags you, she keeps dragging you, until you are deep within the forest, in front of a large tree that has an opening at the bottom.

You feel as if you can’t move. The glove has a strange power over you. You want it off.

You reach to the glove, and a searing pain shoots through your hand as you grab hold of it and tear it off, and as the glove flies away from your hand, you feel a boot land straight in your back, and you are tumbling down a slippery slope inside the open tree.

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You hold it back but it feels painful. She reaches out to you and takes your hand. She starts to pull you away. The pain from holding back your power becomes unbearable, as if it is killing you from the inside.

You release your resistance and a power comes shooting out of you that blinds you for a moment. It is bright, so golden, it blasts through your hands, lighting up the forest around you, covering the dark woman with light so that she shrieks and raises her arms.

Her screaming fills the forest, and she starts to change shape before you. She changes into a bird, then an elk, then a myriad of strange creatures that you have never seen before, until she shrinks down into a rat and scurries off into the distance. It was as if she was a Shapeshifter, and the stories you have heard about Shapeshifters, were never good ones.

The power stops flowing. It seems to have a mind of its own. It fills you less strongly, but seems to be recharging.

You see a red light in the distance. The Healybug is coming. The low buzz from the insect floods the air around you, and it slowly makes its way over to the blouse on the ground. It hovers above, drops into the blouse, and you quickly cover it up. You run, and start to race back to Gerald’s house.

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You see a huge blue slug-like creature sliding down the slope, and it appears, squeezing itself through the doorway. It has a face, a wide thin mouth and beady little eyes.

It has a dark voice.

“Hello,” it says.

“What are you?” you ask. You try to back away.

“I’m a Shapeshifter. I brought you here, to add to my collection.”

It laughs, and its body wobbles as it laughs.

“I’ve seen you in the forest recently, and thought you would be a good catch. So few people enter the forest these days, it’s a real shame. It would have been much easier to just meet me and take my hand in the forest, you know. This other method was rather costly for me. I’ll have to save up a lot more energy before I can ever do something like that again.”

It stares at you for a moment, with its dark beady eyes.

“And by the way,” it adds, “even if you don’t want to be here, it doesn’t matter. In fact it’s better if you hate it here.”

You know one of these cages is meant for you.

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You turn Gerald down. He looks terribly hurt.

“Please!” he says. “Please I have no one else to turn to.”

You say no and close the door on him. You hear him crying at the door, then he runs off somewhere else.

You go and sit back on the sofa.

You have a moment of silence, then the door knocks.

You look at the door. It is still.

Then it knocks again.

You stand up and walk over to the door, expecting Gerald.

You open the door. No one is there.

You look down. There is a glove on the floor, a black glove with a note on it.

You pick up the glove and the note. The note reads:

“Wear this. Join me.”

You stare at the glove. It seems to glint in the darkness. It wants you to wear it.

What do you do?

Put on the glove...

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Throw the glove away...

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You walk forward, step on the spot and jump. You jump again. On the third jump, as you land the forest floor gives way, and you are hurtling downwards, as if you are on a slide, and as you call out to the Earthman you see him waving goodbye.

You speed downwards and end up being thrown onto new ground where you roll to a stop.

It’s sticky. You can’t move so easily. You look around and there are small lights that begin to move on the walls.

“Who are you?” a dark voice says.

You give your name, you say the Earthman has sent you.

“The Earthman? He sent you?”

“No,” you correct yourself, “he didn’t send me, but he asked me if I wanted to see a Nightbug.”

You can’t see what you are talking to, but the lights are still moving around on the walls.

“You’re lucky. This is normally where my food lands,” the voice says. “Since you know the Earthman, I can not eat you. But I can not free you either. You can only free yourself.”

“How?” you ask.

“By finding your inner power.”

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After saying you can help, the Nightbug steps forward. It is huge, towering, a face with a thousand eyes – all bright yellow and gleaming, it has large moving mandibles at the front, and it looks around at the walls.

“My babies. They are trapped in the walls. There was a collapse from above. If I try to get them out, I might bury myself along with them.”

You feel a power pulsating even more strongly in your hands, and your hands raise themselves up to pluck each light from the wall. Every time you pluck, a baby Nightbug is released, and begins to buzz gently around the underground cave.

The Nightbug looks alert. “Don’t eat him,” it says to them. “Leave him alone.”

Some of the Nightbugs buzz around you, as if they are smelling you.

“He saved you, don’t eat him,” the Nightbug says.

If you stop you might get eaten.

Continue saving Nightbugs...

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You say no. You don’t want to risk it, so you turn and start to leave.

You start to walk away, and you feel like the whole forest is trying to pull you back to the Earthman, as if there is something you need to see.

You ignore the pull and keep walking. You turn back and can’t see the Earthman. You hear something in the bushes beside you rustling. You can’t see what it is. You hear something squeal like a pig, and suddenly a huge boar-like creature is sprinting out from the bushes, and it drives its single tusk into your leg.

You feel the tusk go straight through your leg, and you are lifted high up off the ground while you feel some kind of poison being injected through the tusk into your thigh. You feel your leg go numb, and then the numbness starts to creep into your whole body.

“Piggen!” the Earthman shouts. “Piggen no!”

“Piggen will destroy any human in the forest!” the boar cries, carrying you on its tusk. And gradually, the world fades away into nothing...

See if it reappears...

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You stay home and lock the doors. You turn the lights out to make it seem as if you are not home. You aren’t tired now. You are fully awake, brimming with life. You sit on your sofa, and a power begins to stir inside you again. It is gentle, it is faint, but you begin to give yourself to it. The more you relax, the more it floods every cell of your body. It feels like fresh life, a new intelligence that knows what to do.

Your door knocks again. You don’t know how much time has passed. You can’t quite see the clock in the darkness.

The door knocks again. Harder.

“Bernard! Bernard!” You hear someone calling. It’s a familiar voice. You run over, open the door, and standing there is Gerald Goodson, a neighbour, with a terribly panicked look on his face.

“Bernard I’m so sorry to disturb you. It’s my wife, she’s terribly sick! I mean really awful! I’m so worried, could you come and take a look at her?”

What do you do?

Say yes, of course...

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or

Say no, I will not help...

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You agree to help. You leave your home and follow Gerald who leads the way.

Gerald explains his wife’s symptoms. She sounds like she is close to death, and it has all come on within the evening. You explain that you are not a medical doctor, he argues that you have studied drugs, and all the other doctors are unavailable. You follow him into his home to see his wife.

Follow Gerald up the stairs...

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The home is stale. You can barely breathe. There is no fresh air. You don’t want to be there for too long. You suggest opening the windows but Gerald says it will become too cold for his wife.

You go upstairs and see her there on the bed – weak, pale, barely breathing. You’ve never seen anything like it. She is deteriorating quickly.

“Have you called an ambulance?” you ask. Gerald shakes his head.

“Call one,” you say.

Gerald looks worried, you see his lips start to tremble. He grabs a phone and starts dialling.

More memories come to you of first encountering that red insect in the forest. You are forced to grab a pen and paper from the bedside table and write these new memories down.

The ambulances are far away from town, maybe too far to reach her in time. The local pharmacies are closed. You aren’t even sure what’s wrong with her.

You have an idea. A powerful idea that will seem crazy. You know this will be your only hope. You have a choice of what to say. What do you do?

Tell the truth – say you are going to find a small creature known as the Healybug...

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or

Mask the truth – say you must leave to find a remedy from the forest...

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You tell the truth, and say exactly what you intend to do.

You see Gerald’s face turn pale and furious as he puts down the phone. His fear turns to rage.

“What?!” he shouts. “An insect! She needs medicine!”

You try to explain the severity, the strangeness of his wife’s illness, but he grabs you by the coat and starts to drag you out of his house.

As you are pulled out of the room, your instinct reaches out to grab at a scrunched-up blouse at the end of the bed, and you stuff it in your coat pocket without Gerald seeing.

He forces you down the stairs and pushes you out into the night.

“Don’t you ever come back!” He slams the door shut.

You run to the door and call for him to open a window to get more oxygen in the room. He does not respond. You bang on the door but he does not answer. You realise you have to go into the forest to find the Healybug. You have a final choice that will determine your fate and that of Gerald’s sick wife.

What do you do?

Run into the forest with speed...

- CLICK HERE -

or

Hesitate, and turn back home...

- CLICK HERE -

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You mask the truth, you say there is a remedy in the forest that could help.

Gerald’s face turns to fury as he puts down the phone. His fear has turned to rage.

“The forest? What good will that do? What are you after, a plant? She needs medicine!”

You try to tell him plants can have strong medicinal benefits, but he has already grabbed you by the coat in anger. He expected you to have some pills to administer. Once he realises you have none, he starts to drag you out of his house.

You try to explain the severity, the strangeness of his wife’s illness, but he grabs you by the coat and starts to drag you out of the room.

As you are pulled away from the bed, your instinct reaches out to grab at a scrunched-up blouse at the end of the bed, and you stuff it in your coat pocket without Gerald seeing.

He forces you down the stairs and pushes you out into the night.

“Don’t you ever come back!” He slams the door shut.

You run to the door and call for him to open a window to get more oxygen in the room. He does not respond. You bang on the door but he does not answer. You realise you have to go into the forest to find the Healybug. You have a final choice that will determine your fate and that of Gerald’s sick wife.

What do you do?

Run into the forest with speed...

- CLICK HERE -

or

Give up, and turn back home...

- CLICK HERE -

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You run into the forest with speed, jumping over logs, ducking under branches, wild with instinct, you feel the golden power surging in you again. More memories of the Healybug flood back, you remember where you first met it, you are running faster than ever before.

You notice something to your left. Then it disappears. Something is watching you. You don’t know who it is. You keep on running, deep into the forest and you take the blouse out of your pocket.

You hope that the Healybug will detect the scent of sickness in Gerald’s wife’s blouse. You lay it on the floor. You remain perfectly still.

“I knew you’d come to meet me eventually. Did you get my note?” You hear a woman's voice. You look up and see a hooded figure, the tall, slender figure of a woman with a smooth but dark voice. She is your mystery note-writer.

“I haven’t come to meet you,” you say. “I don’t even know you. I’m busy.”

You have a bad feeling in your chest as she walks towards you.

“Leave me alone,” you say. You can still barely see her face.

She walks closer.

You feel the golden power rising into your hands. If you let it go, it will shoot directly at her, and you don’t know what effect it will have. If you hold back, you might avoid a fight. The power wants to surge out.

Do you trust it?

Yes, let it shoot towards her because you feel threatened...

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or

No, hold it back in case she has even stronger powers than you...

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You walk out of your door. Cold bites your face. You are wearing a thick coat, and you can see your breath in front of you. You look around, no one is around. You see lights from houses, darkness and trees ahead of you. Your leg is now completely healed, and your whole body feels stronger than ever. You feel something again as you move closer into the forest, a golden light, a power that rises from within you. It feels warm and strong, and the closer you get to the forest, the more it floods your body.

You see the figure of a woman standing by the forest’s edge. She stands cloaked, in a hood. She sees you coming. You can’t see her face.

She darts into the woods and out of sight.

You suddenly remember something else. The Earthman told you something:

“The forests are more dangerous at night. Do not go there in the dark, and never enter the forest without me. You are not strong enough yet.”

As the memory fully dawns on you, you reach the edge of the forest. You still have a choice. You can turn back and stay in your house, and hope this woman doesn’t come knocking on your door. Or you hear what she has to say. You can feel her close by.

What do you do?

Go home and lock the doors...

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or

Stay at the forest’s edge, and wait...

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You go home and lock the doors. You turn the lights out to make it seem as if you are not home. You aren’t tired now. You are fully awake, brimming with life. You sit on your sofa, and a power begins to stir inside you again. It is gentle, it is faint, but you begin to give yourself to it. The more you relax, the more it floods every cell of your body. It feels like fresh life, a new intelligence that knows what to do.

Your door knocks again. You don’t know how much time has passed. You can’t quite see the clock in the darkness.

The door knocks again. Harder.

“Bernard! Bernard!” You hear someone calling. It’s a familiar voice. You run over, open the door, and standing there is Gerald Goodson, a neighbour, with a terribly panicked look on his face.

“Bernard I’m so sorry to disturb you, it’s my wife, she’s terribly sick! I mean really awful! I’m so worried, could you come and take a look at her?”

What do you do?

Say yes, of course...

- CLICK HERE -

or

Say no, I will not help...

- CLICK HERE -

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You agree to help. You leave your home and follow Gerald who leads the way.

Gerald explains his wife’s symptoms. She sounds like she is close to death, and it has all come on within the evening. You explain that you are not a medical doctor, he argues that you have studied drugs, and all the other doctors are unavailable. You follow him into his home to see his wife.

Follow Gerald up the stairs...

- CLICK HERE -

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The home is stale. You can barely breathe. There is no fresh air. You don’t want to be there for too long. You suggest opening the windows but Gerald says it will become too cold for his wife.

You go upstairs and see her there on the bed – weak, pale, barely breathing. You’ve never seen anything like it. She is deteriorating quickly.

“Have you called an ambulance?” you ask. Gerald shakes his head.

“Call one,” you say.

Gerald looks worried, you see his lips start to tremble. He grabs a phone and starts dialling.

More memories come to you of first encountering that red insect in the forest. You are forced to grab a pen and paper from the bedside table and write these new memories down.

The ambulances are far away from town, maybe too far to reach her in time. The local pharmacies are closed. You aren't even sure what's wrong with her.

You have an idea. A powerful idea that will seem crazy. You know this will be your only hope. You have a choice of what to say. What do you do?

Tell the truth – say you are going to find a small creature known as the Healybug...

- CLICK HERE -

or

Mask the truth – say you must leave to find a remedy from the forest...

- CLICK HERE -

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You tell the truth, and say exactly what you intend to do.

You see Gerald’s face turn pale and furious as he puts down the phone. His fear turns to rage.

“What?!” he shouts. “An insect! She needs medicine!”

You try to explain the severity, the strangeness of his wife’s illness, but he grabs you by the coat and starts to drag you out of his house.

As you are pulled out of the room, your instinct reaches out to grab at a scrunched-up blouse at the end of the bed, and you stuff it in your coat pocket without Gerald seeing.

He forces you down the stairs and pushes you out into the night.

“Don’t you ever come back!” He slams the door shut.

You run to the door and call for him to open a window to get more oxygen into the room. He does not respond. You bang on the door but he does not answer. You realise you have to go into the forest to find the Healybug. You have a final choice that will determine your fate and that of Gerald’s sick wife.

What do you do?

Run into the forest with speed...

- CLICK HERE -

or

Hesitate, and turn back home...

- CLICK HERE -

mythical creatures of the forest interactive adventure book adam oakley


You mask the truth, you say there is a remedy in the forest that could help.

Gerald’s face turns to fury as he puts down the phone. His fear has turned to rage.

“The forest? What good will that do? What are you after, a plant? She needs medicine!”

You try to tell him plants can have strong medicinal benefits, but he has already grabbed you by the coat in anger. He expected you to have some pills to administer. Once he realises you have none, he starts to drag you out of his house.

You try to explain the severity, the strangeness of his wife’s illness, but he grabs you by the coat and starts to drag you out of the room.

As you are pulled away, your instinct reaches out to grab at a scrunched-up blouse at the end of the bed, and you stuff it in your coat pocket without Gerald seeing.

He forces you down the stairs and pushes you out into the night.

“Don’t you ever come back!” He slams the door shut.

You run to the door and call for him to open a window to get more oxygen into the room. He does not respond. You bang on the door but he does not answer. You realise you have to go into the forest to find the Healybug. You have a final choice that will determine your fate and that of Gerald’s sick wife.

What do you do?

Run into the forest with speed...

- CLICK HERE -

or

Give up, and turn back home...

- CLICK HERE -

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You run into the forest with speed, jumping over logs, ducking under branches, wild with instinct, you feel the golden power surging in you again. More memories of the Healybug flood back, you remember where you first met it, you are running faster than ever before.

You notice something to your left. Then it disappears. Something is watching you. You don’t know who it is. You keep on running, deep into the forest and you take the blouse out of your pocket.

You hope that the Healybug will detect the scent of sickness in Gerald’s wife’s blouse. You lay it on the floor. You remain perfectly still.

“I knew you’d come back.” It’s the cloaked woman from before. She is standing over to your right. You can barely make her out, but she looks beautiful. She is walking towards you slowly.

“Why didn’t you come and meet with me earlier?”

You have a bad feeling in your chest.

“Leave me alone,” you say.

She walks closer.

You feel the golden power rising into your hands. If you let it go, it will shoot directly at her, and you don’t know what effect it will have. If you hold back, you might avoid a fight. The power wants to surge out.

Do you trust it?

Yes, let it shoot towards her because you feel threatened...

- CLICK HERE -

or

No, hold it back in case she has even stronger powers than you...

- CLICK HERE -

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