The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
Sheamus and Mary O’Connell are brother and sister, Americans with an Irish last name. They had received a letter from an attorney that stated they were new land owners in their ancestral Ireland. They discussed selling off the land or the idea of renovating the existing castle. The castle was once the toast of Ireland but now lay in Celtic ruins.
Their flight to the emerald isle was uneventful then they rented a car. A man with the name tag ‘Sean’ gave them a map. He warned them of the ancient curse on the land that they sought, he warned of the fog as well.
They drove into the countryside and finally found the castle. The fog was indeed thick as it rolled off of the coast and onto the property. “Sheamus, do you see that?”
He turned, “What the hell?” A black figure with a flowing and torn dress seemed to hover in the fog. A high pitched scream came from the figure. The sound was deafening. They looked at each other, looked back to see the figure and it had vanished. “Let’s get inside, I want to see exactly what we have here.” Sheamus said as he opened the door. Sheamus went to the left and Mary to the right.
Sheamus was looking in the livingroom when he felt a cold hand on his shoulder. He spun around and there was nobody there. He turned back, standing before him was a creature of such disgust he almost fainted. He didn’t get a scream out before the Banshee had him. She kissed him and drained his life. He turned into a wrinkled, emaciated corpse. She threw him to the floor.
Mary was in the kitchen, she saw the Banshee in the corner, its blood red eyes gleaming in the moonlight. She was dead before she could process what she had seen. The attorney appeared in the mist and spoke, “Divine banshee, I will send another letter to other O’Connells. We will find the one that you seek.”
Fiction © Copyright Kathleen McCluskey
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from Kathleen McCluskey:
The Long Fall: Book 1: The Inception of Horror
Lucifer always cunning and intelligent challenges father to a battle of wits. Being the angel of light he casts a judgemental eye upon mankind. He begins a war with his fellow archangels and God. Michael, along with his siblings defend their home and mankind from their deranged brother. Broad swords and hand to hand combat drench heaven in blood. The four apocalyptic steeds are released, each having their own destructive power. Betrayal and lust are at biblical levels. Understand the very creation of evil and the consequenses that transpire in the first of THE LONG FALL series.