The Ladies of Horror
Out of the Embers
by H.R. Boldwood
With the strike of a match, her world changed.
She breathed the pungent smoke and swore the air had never smelled more pure. Life had never held more promise. Her future, a tapestry of trials and triumphs, beckoned her from beyond the ring of red-hot coals — beyond the reach of the monster that burned within them. She lost herself among the flames until nothing but cinders remained.
No more fear. No more pain. No more begging for mercy that would never be hers. She raked the cinders carefully crushing what bits of bone remained. Freedom rose from those ashen coals like a great winged bird, filling her with hope and courage. She buried her memories and the bits of bone, her scars and the dying embers deep beneath the loam and smiled.
With the strike of a match had come deliverance.
Fiction © Copyright H.R. Boldwood
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