I had a somewhat bizarre dream last night.
I was in this shack in an eerie forest with some folks I was not familiar with. I was a guest, I suppose, and they treated me with warm welcome. Night seemed to fall fast, they fed me and offered me a place to stay, and warned me not to go out when the moon was high.
Of course, I asked why, and they told me this: there were tales in those parts of a strange man who would come up to anyone who went out at night, when the moon was high, and sat still for a few solid minutes. The man was supposedly very frightening, and he would mimic any facial expressions you made -- but they would always be much more exaggerated and, as a result, a lot more terrifying. If you made a frightened, sad, or angry face for too long, he would murder you, and the last thing you would see was his horrible expression. But if you managed to look calm and somewhat happy for long enough, he would let you be -- and as he left, place a number of nuts into your hand.
At that point I found this pretty rediculous, but they told me that I still needed to listen, because this part was still important. Apparently, you were supposed to eat all but one of the nuts -- this one, you were supposed to bury where you were standing. A new tree would grow rapidly there. Supposedly, the nuts were tasty and would leave you feeling well for some time, but if you ate the last one your stomach would turn sour for an entire day. If you did not plant one of these nuts, he would know -- and the following night, as you lay with your stomach in knots, you would die.
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