The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Elizabeth H. Smith
With time stretched thin, she savored tastes of things material; silk and strawberries, the warmth of touch, delicate skies and pale late nights. She walked on soles of fading leather, only so many steps before old flesh would fall apart. Never tread lightly. The words of Father sang in her thoughts.
Though not a prophet, she knew what approached, hid in shadow, unknown to most. Not an end, but a second beginning; a gift for those deserving, curse to those not. Mother and Father prepared her. Long before her time. They lived with truth, hourglass in the open. Their surrogate secret was never withheld.
When the day came, no regrets were spoken.
The dark, furred beast rose, extended its hand.
She stepped forward, took it with grace.
Endless darkness opened its door. She went without restraint, only took one last breath, one last taste, of life above ground.
Fiction © Copyright Elizabeth H. Smith
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More About Elizabeth H. Smith:
Elizabeth H. Smith is a storyteller who writes while trying to keep her cat, Luna off the keyboard. The musical group, Rasputina is her muse. She was born in the state of New York and would never feel at home anywhere else.
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