The Ladies of Horror
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Melinda arrived home from her mundane job at the bookstore, heartbroken that the shop would be sold. She kicked off her shoes and got undressed as tears began to fill her eyes. She put on her robe. It was the one thing that always made her feel at peace. Her old cat, Raven was sitting on the counter and she smiled. As she was petting him, vivid thoughts of the realtor screaming at her about the new parking garage raced through her mind. She began to frown and tried to push the thoughts out of her mind.
She spread out a fresh tablecloth and lit some of her candles. Her favorite Poe book at one corner and a black box was at the other. She poured herself a drink from the sacred bottle, took a sip and began. The cigarette that the realtor had tossed outside of her store lay in the center beside it Raven was curled up in a ball. She lifted the hood of her robe and raised her palms to the ceiling. Her long auburn hair swirled around her face as she chanted. Her eyes rolled over white when she presented the skull from the box. She placed the discarded cigarette in its mouth and filled it with the black liquid from the sacred bottle. Raven began to twitch and purr, his eyes glowed as she finished. The skull and all of it’s contents were just a pile of dust. Raven rose and started to clean himself. She picked him up and spoke, “I’m afraid we used another of your lives old friend but that realtor won’t be bothering us again.” She kissed him and put him on the floor and there he coughed up a cigarette and fur.
Fiction © Copyright Kathleen McCluskey
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