Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Melissa R. Mendelson @melissmendelson @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Never Play by the Water at Sunset
by Melissa R. Mendelson

My mother used to warn me,
“Never go to the shores at dusk.
Never listen as the waves lull you in.
Ignore the gentle wind gesturing this way.
It’s all a trap, his vicious game.”
I would laugh and frolic in response,
but her warnings always bit at my heels,
dug deep into the sands left behind my footprints.
When the sun would melt into water
and the wind played with my hair
I ran home,
but I didn’t run home today.
Instead, I stood mesmerized before a shipwreck.
The golden pink skies fell softly against broken wood,
the sands whispered of love and loss.
My body folded against the hand of the wind,
the laughter of children melted my soul.
For a moment, I was here,
but then shadow fell.
Something cold ripped from my chest.
I opened my eyes and saw his ghostly hands painted crimson.
My heart a dark red gem.
As he turned to disappear into the dark blue waters,
I fell back into the golden sands.
Fiction © Copyright Melissa R. Mendelson
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More from Melissa R. Mendelson:

They Won’t Take My Kids Away

In this Dystopian tale, there is a day that comes around each year, where children are chosen and taken away from their families, almost never to be heard from or seen again, and when she awoke that morning, she knew that they would be coming for her children. But she would risk everything to save them.

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About Nina D'Arcangela

Nina D’Arcangela is a quirky horror writer who likes to spin soul rending snippets of despair. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She's an UrbEx adventurer who suffers from unquenchable wanderlust. She loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old grave yards. Nina is a co-owner of Sirens Call Publications, a co-founder of the horror writer's group 'Pen of the Damned', and if that isn't enough, put a check mark in the box next to owner and resident nut-job of Dark Angel Photography.
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3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Melissa R. Mendelson @melissmendelson @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Most ominous and wonderful.

  2. Wow! Vivid and lovely!

  3. Pingback: Ladies of Horror Round-up |

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