Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kim Richards @Kim_Richards @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Ivory Porcelain
by Kim Richards

Mellie stood with her hands upon her broad hips, watching as her husband pried up the ruined floorboards of their new home. The boards resisted his efforts but eventually came apart with sharp cracks and the groan of nails being bent and  pulled by Mack’s hammer. They were anxious to get the rotted wood ripped out and replaced with the gorgeous redwood they purchased just for this project. After the fires last October, redwood was a steal; something they took happy advantage of.
Mack paused, then leaned his head down below the floor level. When he came back up, he balanced on the balls of his feet and said, “Huh.”
“There’s something down there. I have to climb down to get it,” he commented.
“Be careful.” She wiped rogue curls from her face with the back of her gloved hand.
“Yeah, yeah.” He lowered his body into the hole, feet first.
After a long moment, he poked his head up. “It’s a doll. It was embedded in the dirt pretty good so I had to work it out with my fingers.”
He flung the grimy thing up and to one side. The dusky scent of mold and dirt filled the air.
Mellie looked closely. It was a doll for sure. It had a head and hands of ivory porcelain. Someone scratched out the pupils and iris’, leaving creepy white blanks in their place. It still had most of its brown curly hair but the calico dress was in tatters. There were red spots all over it, as if someone flung a paint brush its direction. Mellie thought it looked like blood and then laughed at the thought.
Calling out, she wiped the dirt from the face as best she could. “I wonder who this belonged to. The previous owners didn’t have kids.”
From beneath the house, Mack said something but his words were muffled.
Mellie didn’t  understand him so she leaned over the hole. “Say that again.”
He knocked her over as he suddenly scrambled out of the hole in a huge hurry. His eyes were wide and his mouth turned down in a deep frown.
“Call the police,” he growled.
* * * 
Mellie held the doll in her hands as she and Mack watched the police rip up the rest of the flooring. A detective stood beside them scribbling notes about what they told him and the scene unfolding.
Eventually they brought her up. The dead child. She had the palest skin, like ivory porcelain. Dirt fell from her brown curls and torn calico dress. Her head lolled to the side, facing Mellie who gasped. There was  blood spatter from her head to her toes, though it had turned brown over time. The girl’s eyes were open…milky white from death.
Then the eyes blinked.
Telling herself that was silly; the corpse couldn’t have blinked, Mellie looked down at the doll in her hands. It’s head was turned the same direction as the girl’s. It rotated until the white scratched out eyes stared at the woman. Then the eyes blinked.
Mellie’s eyes fluttered and then she crumpled to the floor, still holding the ivory porcelain doll cradled in her hands. Her skin paled until it looked like ivory porcelain too.
Mack dropped to the floor and took her in his arms.
“Are you okay?” He moved his head closer to hers. “Mellie? Mellie?”
Her eyes flew open, white as if her pupils and iris’ were erased.  She coughed, showering the both of them in bloody spittle.
Max screamed.
Fiction © Copyright Kim Richards
Image courtesy of Pixabay.


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', 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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4 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kim Richards @Kim_Richards @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Oh, very creepy. A superb story.

  2. kathyree says:

    Wow! You did that picture proud!

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