“Franklin looked up and was surprised to find that they were the only family on the beach. There was one other person, though, walking along the point where the strongest wave reaches the dry sand. The man was dressed entirely in gray, including a raincoat that was far too warm for the weather.
“The more they watched, the more uneasy they became. The gray clothes may not have been always been gray. They looked like the colors had been washed out after being exposed to the elements for who knows how long. The brim of his cap also covered his face—which was looking downward. Franklin couldn’t see what he looked like.
“He told his wife and daughter to stay put, and he approached the man. He couldn’t foresee any danger, but at the same time something wasn’t quite right. All Franklin knew for sure was that he had to protect his family.
“When he was about ten feet away from the man, and I mean he was that close—at least according to Franklin—the Gray Man disappeared. He just plain vanished.
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