The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Marge Simon @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction #poem #poetry #poet

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The Doll in Ferns

by Marge Simon

There was a field of wildflowers at my childhood house, things bloomed off and on all year long. In spring, vines overcame from the skeletons of dead cats to discarded children’s toys or broken bottles and barrettes. The detritus of civilization, yet there were mysteries here –a scrap of yellowed paper, lines of a love poem in faded ink. From her window next door, Crazy Silvia watched me vigilantly, as if she thought I was looking for something she’d hidden. Rumor was that she’d gone batty after her little girl was abducted many years ago. Sadly, the child was never found. To us kids, she looked just like the witch in a fairy tale, like Hansel and Gretel. On Halloween, we were afraid to trick or treat at “the Witch’s house”, for she did resemble a gray haired warty old crone.
I slept with my bedroom window open except in winter, enjoying the smells of the night air, the charms of the dark, drowsing off to the music of voices in strange languages. But one night, I heard a child’s voice, calling for its mother. There, in the ferns and wildflowers, I spotted a tiny form below. Its eyes appeared oddly pale, and moonlight formed a glowing crown around it.
At sunrise, I dressed and ran outside to the field, for I knew that pretty doll must still be somewhere in the field. But to my surprise, Old Sylvia stood there clutching the doll, rocking it back and forth in her arms and whispering to it.  Tears streaming down her cheeks, she told me her baby had come home at last. Then she hurried off with the doll.
Twenty years later, headlines in our local paper: House Razed, Child’s Bones Found in Cellar, and there was a photo of that doll next to the bones. Someone had taken a knife and scratched out its eyes.  Pinned to its chest a faded note: “From Mama with love”.
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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', founder and administrator of the Ladies of Horror Picture-prompt Monthly Writing Challenge, 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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2 Responses to The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Marge Simon @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction #poem #poetry #poet

  1. Charles Gramlich says:


  2. afstewart says:

    Very spooky and I loved the ending.

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