"The Thing" is the seventh story included in the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Ted Martin and Sam Miller are best friends. One night they are talking about random things when they see something crawl out of the field across the road and stand up. It disappears and appears two more times but the third time it comes towards the boys. They run and decide to go back and touch it. Ted decides to go first and he sees that the thing's face looks like a skeleton. They run off but the thing follows them. They wait a little while and it goes away. Ted gets sick and dies. Sam says that Ted looks exactly like the thing that they saw.