In the Waiting Dark (The Red Moon Rises)

Written by: @katnissdoesnotfollowback

Prompt: #5 Everlark fairytale au of Little Red Riding Hood, preferably similar in tone to the film “The Company of Wolves.”  [submitted by Anonymous]

Rating: T for this chapter

Warnings: Mentions of blood, fantasy and horror thematic elements

A/N: This is the first chapter of what will be a multi-chapter story. Overall rating will be M for the following reasons - Blood, fantasy and horror thematic elements, violence, mentions of non-consensual, mentions of child abuse, disturbing imagery, and sexual content. There may be more as I am still working out a few details. Inspiration for this story was pulled from several different versions of the Red Riding Hood tale, to include the film mentioned in the prompt. I’ve been wanting to write this AU for a long time, so I truly hope you all enjoy what I’ve come up with, especially you, Anonymous! Feel free to stop by and tell me your thoughts, I have Anon turned on in case you wish to remain so. <3 KDNFB

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New York Gothic

-Once you leave the city and head upstate it is miles and miles of land.  There is nothing but trees.  You think you passed that tree 5 minutes ago.  It is all trees.  How long have you been driving? Where are you? 

-There are things in the forests of Upstate.  People say it is deer, but deer do not leave such large hoof prints.  Deer do not cause people to go missing.  Deer do not take a sacrifice every year.

-If you go to Coney Island during the day, people tell you to leave before dark.  At dark, the amusement park comes to life.  At night, time has no meaning, and people from everywhere visit Coney Island.  Time has no meaning on Coney Island.

-The vendors on the streets of Manhattan try to sell you things as you walk by.  Here’s one man selling purses that he promises are genuine.  When you ask genuine what he just smiles at you.  The food vendors tell you to try the hot dogs, they’re real.  You think you see blood dripping from below the cart.

-You go to the village and you see a man in a hat, smoking a cigarette.  You keep walking and you see the same man.  You see the same man again on the street corner.  They can’t all be the same man.  Now that you think of it, how did you get here 

-When you use the train, you think you hear noises underground.  No one else can hear them.  But as you read the train to work, you hear the noises, growling deep below the tracks.

-When the summers roll around, the beaches of Long Island are crowded with people.  Some of them are women, who don’t move all day, who always look wet and glow even though they don’t go into the water, women who watch the men on the beach like a lion watches its prey

-The weather man says it’s going to be sunny, but it rains today.  In another city it snows, in another it hails, and upstate, you hear reports that the roads have frozen over.  It’s March.  What is the weather today

-When you go upstate, there are miles between each house.  You have to drive 2 hours to get to the nearest town.  That’s okay.  It’s nice to be alone.  It’s nice to be alone with yourself.  But if you are so alone, why is there a knock at the door right now.

-Penn station is so crowded.  You are being pushed out of the station by a sea of people.  In front of you there’s a woman in a flapper dress.  Next to you, a man is wearing a shirt and a fedora.  Behind you, a girl in bellbottom jeans with flowers in her hair pushes into you.  You’re not sure what the year is anymore.