The Ladies of Horror
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The sallow orbital spectre rose through the cold arctic sky. The craters and scaring reflected the turbid water beneath. The soft glow woke the ancient mortal enemies. They had fought once before ending with the rival of peace enjoying the victory. The earth had suffered one of its greatest calamities at the hands of this adversary, the ice age. Now once again they would clash, holding the earth’s future in the outcome.
The shell of the great loggerhead breached the water first. He had lain dormant for centuries, now needing a moment to gather its thoughts and to stretch the long comatose muscles. The frigid water began to bubble and pulse as the great defender of Mother Earth began to rise. He breached the water, his long hair and beard dripped and moved in the sea breeze. His lengthy slumber healed the massive wounds inflicted in the previous battle.
The adversaries were ready, eyeing each other as they circled in the bitter liquid. The turtle lunged first hitting the muscular man in the chest. Waves of tsunami size gushed in every direction as the man went down, down under the water. He crashed to the sea floor with the turtle in his hands. Cracks formed in the seabed as the earth quaked and rumbled. The water rushed over both of them. The surface was briefly calmed then the whirlpool began. Rising up with the loggerhead in his grasp was the defender of Mother Earth, his large calloused hands held the mighty beast by the head. He begged the earth to persuade her loyal companion to let loose his freezing blue hue. The moon complied and as the great defender stood on the turtles back they were once again frozen for time.
Slowly they sank to the depths to await the moment when once again the fate of the planet would be decided.
Fiction © Copyright Kathleen McCluskey
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