The Ladies of Horror
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by A.F. Stewart
We fled the city of bones in an attempt to survive. Blindly running through the desert to escape. I fear it won’t be enough. Already some of us have fallen behind, caught by the scourge.
My daughter was one.
I saw her screaming, captured body when I glanced behind us. Her flesh shredded, feeding one of the newborns. The thing grew a human-like form from its roots, the likeness of my daughter’s face sprouting from its bark. Soon there will nothing left of my child. Only the mockery they keep, the images they steal from us.
I cannot mourn, I cannot stop running. The newborn’s roots will soon be strong and will race through the soil snatching at our numbers while we flee. The rest of the scourge will follow. Snatching us one by one, stripping off our flesh to increase and feed their numbers. Soon our bones will bleach in the sun as we become part of the scourge.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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