The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Elizabeth H. Smith
Sallow, deep-set eyes stared at the pale remnants of home. A dour expression accompanied tired feet to the doorstep. He didn’t knock, only opened the door without hesitation. Not expecting much to be left, a slight curve of the lips came when he saw most of the furniture was still in its place. Layers of dust brought somber thoughts but still comforted the heart—nothing had been abused in his absence.
He wondered how long it might take the rest of his family to arrive, after all, they departed before him. He wondered if perhaps they were already there, hiding, desperate, afraid. He didn’t know if the dead could kill the dead, but he couldn’t resist the temptation to do it again.
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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