The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
“This is it?” Rory couldn’t hide his disappointment.
“I guess so. The lawyer’s letter said the place had been ‘left derelict while your great-aunt Florence languished in a nursing home for ten years.'” I was equally dismayed.
“Ellyn, what kind of lawyer uses language like that anyway? We should’ve known something was up with this inheritance crap.”
“Okay, yeah, right. Well, let’s go in and see what’s what.”
My fiancé and I stepped into the living room of the moldering Victorian manse I’d inherited from a great-aunt I’d never heard of before that registered letter from Howell Taggart, Esq. Many years ago, the house had been a gracious home. Now, small clouds of dust swirled in the air.
Above the smells of mildew, dust, and rodent droppings, a musky reek hung in the air.
“What’s that godawful stink?” Rory clapped his hand over his nose.
“I don’t know, but it’s gross as hell.”
A scrabbling, skittering sound from the second floor drew our attention. We stared upwards for maybe ten seconds.
“That sounds like ten thousand rats! I’m so done with this place. Inheritance and Great-Aunt Florence be damned.” I headed for the front door – which was now covered by a giant spider web.
A spider the size and color of an elephant leapt from the dark shadows above. The thing grabbed Rory, dragged him to its mouth, and bit off his head – all in maybe three seconds.
I shrieked like a useless girl in a horror flick.
The skittering from upstairs turned out to be an even bigger spider that descended the stairs, two long legs extended toward me. I backed toward the front door. I remembered the web only when it caught me. The spider sprayed me with webbing and hauled me to the attic.
That was two weeks ago. I can feel the babies digging away in my belly. Soon they’ll escape and my nightmare will be over.
Fiction © Copyright Tish Lindsey
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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