The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by E.A. Black
She skinned the puppy and ate it right in front of him. Horrified, he screamed. He had thought she wanted it for a pet. She was a sprite, after all. At 10 years of age, he knew all about sprites. They were commonplace in the woods. They were harmless.
Or so he had thought.
He took a closer look at her. Her necklace was not made of baubles she scavenged from homes or the forest floor. He saw finger bones. Teeth. A portion of jawbone. Two vertebrae from a small animal… another puppy? A kitten?
She had dyed her dress crimson, and with a shock he realized she had soaked the material in blood. It was not velvet as he had assumed. It was suede hewn from the skins of numerous animals.
Many cats and dogs had gone missing in the town. Even the strays had disappeared.
He’d never heard of a sprite that behaved in such a dreadful manner. If she wasn’t a sprite what was she?
The roots of the tree she lived in caved in until they took the appearance of eye and nose sockets. A skull? He took a step closer to get a better look. She gazed at him with wide open saucer eyes as her lips stretched into a smile. So inviting and hypnotic. He took another step towards her. Then, the corners of her mouth stretched further and her jaw snapped open like a vice. Hundreds of tiny, sharp needle teeth filled her mouth.
She tossed the puppy carcass to the ground and walked towards him with an expression he recognized with terror.
Fiction © Copyright E. A. Black
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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