The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Tawny Kipphorn
My memory of her fades more each time the storm passes through, leaving her ghostly essence behind in its wake. Every day she would gaze into the flames while mumbling something about an endless darkness, and although she was right in front of me, it was clear she was many miles away, far beyond where I could ever go. It was as if there were an invisible veil cocooning her, and try as anyone might, no one could break through its ethereal armor. That night, she wandered out as the rain poured down, making her way deep into the woods. I followed behind her, making sure to keep my distance. As I knelt down deep into the darkness, I watched in horror as her body contorted at different angles. A beaming light materialized from above and moved quickly into her, and an agonizing scream escaped her lips into the dead of night as she slumped down onto the wet earth. I looked around the pitch black woods as if somehow I could make sense of what I’d just seen, but when I glanced back in her direction, she was gone. As I began to walk towards where I’d just seen her, I felt a violent vibration travel up through my feet and into the rest of my body. A strong surge that brought me to my knees, and I cried tears of pain and happiness. It was in that moment that I realized I had not only just witnessed death, but rebirth as well. I walked away from the memory of her, the death of my former self. I walked into the new me, the one with the gift of third You sight. As I continue to linger between the realms, she has disappeared from my mind, but I always remember the darkness that stared back at me through the flames.
Fiction © Copyright Tawny Kipphorn
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