The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Ela Lourenco
Crisp copper leaves, a chill in the obsidian night
Darkness seeps and spreads on this All Hallow’s eve
Street lights cast a hazy orange hue as
Children skip, disguised as horrors, from home to home
High on chocolate, candy and fun.
Parents smile indulgently at their antics from afar
Their usually watchful eyes at rest for once
It’s Halloween night – child’s fun, no harm
There’s safety in numbers, no need to stand guard.
A gentle knock caresses my door
I smile as I check my mirrored reflection
Long copper hair, black dress, make up flawless
I open the door knowing what they will see
A beautiful young thing with eyes greenest of green.
They plunge their small hands into my overflowing bowl of treats
The promise of more inside is all they need to hear
My smile stays in place until they are safely inside.
No one has seen them enter, no one shall see them leave
My true face returns as I open the portal to my realm
Tonight, my demon brothers and I will certainly feast well
There is no morsel more delectable than an innocent soul in Hell.
Fiction © Copyright Ela Lourenco
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from Ela Lourenco:
Katra is a Fae Hunter in a world once ravaged by a terrible war. Having lost all memory of her childhood and rightful identity, her duty is now to protect the tentative peace brokered by the varying races of the supernatural world. When an evil darkness begins to spread, draining young witches of their power, Katra must find a way back to her true past in order to save the future.
Enduring many trials as ever-increasing powers awaken within her, Katra must also struggle with the mixed emotions her new partner, Blade – a Black Dragon – is rousing within her. Together they must battle the shadows that plan to devour the world they know and prevent its decent into another thousand-year war.
Can Katra hold onto her strength as the truth of her very being begins to unravel? Can she bear the weight that ancient prophecy has placed on her young shoulders? Or is her destiny to regain her true self, only to lose the world she is sworn to protect?