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Cloak, Canine, and the Midnight Confrontation

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The night was dark, the moon hidden behind a thick blanket of clouds. The wind howled through the trees, creating an eerie symphony that echoed through the empty streets. The only source of light came from a grand old house at the end of the lane, where a party was in full swing.

In the midst of the revelry was Henry, a Bernese Mountain Dog of considerable size and charm. His coat was a glossy black, with patches of white and rust that gave him an air of nobility. He was the life of the party, his lively nature and bold antics drawing laughter and applause from the guests. His inquisitive eyes sparkled with mischief as he darted around the room, his tail wagging in delight.

But as the night wore on, a sense of unease began to creep into the festivities. The wind outside grew stronger, rattling the windows and causing the lights to flicker. The guests huddled closer together, their laughter fading into nervous whispers. Henry, too, seemed to sense the change. His playful demeanor vanished, replaced by a wary alertness. His ears perked up, his eyes scanning the room as if searching for something.

Suddenly, a loud crash echoed through the house, followed by a chilling scream. The lights went out, plunging the room into darkness. Panic ensued as the guests scrambled for the exits, their screams drowned out by the howling wind. Amidst the chaos, Henry stood still, his eyes fixed on a shadowy figure that had appeared in the doorway.

The figure was tall and thin, its body draped in a long, black cloak. Its face was hidden beneath a hood, but two glowing red eyes shone from the darkness. It moved with an unnatural grace, its presence filling the room with a palpable sense of dread.

Henry growled, his hackles raised. He moved protectively in front of the remaining guests, his body tense and ready to pounce. The figure paused, its red eyes locked onto Henry. A low, guttural laugh echoed through the room, sending chills down everyone’s spine.

The figure raised a skeletal hand, pointing a long, bony finger at Henry. A wave of dark energy shot out, heading straight for the dog. But Henry was quicker. He leaped to the side, narrowly avoiding the attack. He barked loudly, his voice echoing through the room.

The figure seemed taken aback, its red eyes flickering in surprise. It took a step back, its skeletal hand lowering. Henry seized the opportunity, lunging at the figure with all his might. There was a loud thud as they collided, the figure letting out a surprised gasp.

The lights flickered back on, revealing the figure sprawled on the floor, its cloak pooling around it. Henry stood over it, his body still tense, his eyes still fixed on the figure. The guests stared in stunned silence, their fear replaced by awe.

Henry had saved them. His boldness and quick thinking had turned the tide of the night, transforming a horrifying encounter into a tale of bravery. He was no longer just the life of the party. He was their hero.

But the night was not over. The figure began to stir, its red eyes glowing brighter. Henry growled, his body tensing for another attack. The guests watched in fearful anticipation, their eyes wide with terror.

The figure slowly rose, its cloak billowing around it. It locked eyes with Henry, a low growl echoing from its throat. The room fell silent, the tension palpable.

And then, the figure lunged.

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