The Ladies of Horror
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The moonlight had been muted by passing clouds as the lone hand began to breach the muddy waters of the marsh. No sound was audible except for the sucking sound coming from the mud. It had lain there undisturbed since this time last year. The beasts, insects and fowl all knew the anniversary was upon them and fled. Slowly the blackened hand emerged from the marsh. Elevating up out of the peat and earth was a creature that was once a man. The wounds suffered in his callous murder had deteriorated over time. The bullet hole in his head had blackened with the passing of another year. This would be the year that vengeance would finally be his.
He staggered out onto the bank and looked at his hands. The hands that had built an empire were now black with decay. Looking over the gate he saw his former palatial estate. A lone tear rolled down his withering face. He pushed the gate forward and lurched toward the house.
He peered through the large picture window, he could see his once loyal wife and ex-partner standing in a soft embrace. The candles on the bureau made their shadows dance on the walls. He knew that they were the perpetrators of his demise and vowed to make them pay. He walked around to the front of the house and entered his plush home.
He walked into a dimly lit room, the only illumination was from scores of candles. He turned his decaying head and his neck made grotesque cracking noises. He scrutinized the floor below, he had walked onto a pentagram. His wife and old partner both smiled as the voodoo priestess began her chant. He was entranced, he had no choice but to return to the swamp. He lowered himself back into the mire. His hand was the last to be drawn down into the blackness destined to attempt his revenge year after year.
Fiction © Copyright Kathleen McCluskey
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