Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author A.F. Stewart @scribe77 @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Song of the Sea
by A.F. Stewart

From beyond the beckoning horizon, across the never-ending tide, came the haunting song of devotion, the refrain of the gods. A lilt of silver and sunshine, of promise and hope, a song to put a smile on the bleakest of faces. Each day, with the sunset, the notes drifted softly in the air. First to the lighthouse where the young keeper listened over a last cup of tea, before wafting on to the village.
Year after year, came the song, this harmonious pledge, and for a time the villagers paid homage to the celestial singers. Flowers set adrift on the ocean, fishermen only taking their allotted catch, blessings cast to the wind. Yet, familiarity seeped in and traditions changed, until one day…
The song stopped.
Worse, few people cared.
Then on a darkened evening, against the moonlight, the aged lighthouse keeper saw the red-tinged water and knew the harbinger of the storm had arrived. He made one last cup of tea and turned his back to the ocean. His eyes stared into the brown milky depths, savouring the warmth of the cup on his skin. He knew what the silence meant, what the stain in the water heralded.
He whispered, his words rising with the steam of the tea. “We displeased the gods. And now they’ll take their due.”
He sipped his tea and waited. Waited until the waters rose, until the tidal wave engulfed the lighthouse, the village, the whole kingdom. Then, he, and every other poor soul drowned by the wave closed their eyes forever.
A final sacrifice to the gods of the sea.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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More from A.F. Stewart:

Abandoned: 13 Tales of Impulse, Betrayal, Surrender, & Withdrawal

To act with abandon, in any sense of the word, is human. Whether it’s the sudden, strong urge to do something, either good or bad, or the act of betraying someone you love, we make choices that forever change our lives. Do you give into something or someone completely, or withdraw wholly into yourself? These thirteen stories run the gamut of emotions and express horror as you’ve never imagined it.

The story of a woman alone at the end of the world and the small lifeline she hopes will prove humanity still exists challenges the search for anything left behind after the death of a child. What if you hid a secret you’d thought no one else knew? Would its revelation spark the monster hiding within? A downward spiral into madness juxtaposes the ultimate, but impossible, (re)birth. Would you choose the frigid winds of winter over the warmth and safety of your lover’s arms?

Abandon hope, all who enter here…

Available on Amazon!

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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 graveyards. Nina is co-owner of Sirens Call Publications, 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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