The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Nina D’Arcangela
Soft granules shift with each step as I walk the sandy strip. They slip between my toes, sluice over my sandaled feet; leave a rim of grit surrounding each nail-bed. A favored place, this swing. During the day, it basks in the full cast of sun’s light; at night, it hides in the coolness of evening’s deepest shadow. A place to laugh, to steal a kiss, perhaps a first touch… Hallowed ground made sacred by whispered promises broken only by those foolish enough to make them.
I sit. The ropes stretch taut, the plank groans beneath me as the swing gently begins to sway. My mind wanders, time passes; my thoughts fill with remembrance of you. The shade of the tree swallows me as day turns to dusk and dusk quickly flees before night. The image of you with another beneath our swing flashes by, my rage no less tempered with time. I kick my sandals aside; dig my toes deep into the soft sand. I reach for you. I know you’re there, you promised you always would be, a promise I saw kept with pickaxe and spade. The only blight on our perfect evening… the cunt that lies dead beside you, but I can look past that and enjoy our time together, if only in my mind.
Fiction © Copyright Nina D’Arcangela
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