Jack played in the cul-de-sac. A stranger stood at the entrance of the narrow street with his back to him; he wore a black cape and wide-brimmed hat.
From a nearby house came a call: “Come in Jack, it’s time to eat.”
“Be there in a minute, Mum,” Jack replied. He was curious to see more of the stranger first.
The stranger turned to face Jack: no eyes or nose, just a tooth-filled mouth. Smiling, he spread his cape. “Come closer, it’s cold. My cape will keep you warm.”
Dutifully, Jack did as instructed.