He was nearly home when he spotted the strange man that seemed to be scouting either William, or perhaps casing his house. The boy was not the type to confront a mysterious stranger, so his first instinct was to pretend like he didn’t see him and keep walking. The wind was howling, and the paranoia was lingering, as William was reluctant to turn around to see if he was being followed. A brief moment of courage was mustered as he quickly turned to see nothing, much to his relief. Now, taking a deep breath, he turned back on his path home and became suddenly startled by the tall dark figure in front of him.