The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Suzanne Madron @suzannemadron @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Stay Beautiful
by Suzanne Madron

There’s a ringing mantra always in the back of her mind, pounding the insides of her skull. Some days she wonders if it has finally grown loud enough for others to hear it. Can they hear that damnable clock ticking down the seconds until her youth expires? Can they tell that she would already be considered ‘advanced maternal age’? Can they tell she can’t have children?
Do they know she’s over thirty? Can they tell?
She pretends she doesn’t care, but every morning the fine lines become less afterthoughts of a light-handed artist’s brush and a little more etched in the glass of her forced smile. Every morning the silver flecks in her hair become more pronounced in the harsh light of the bathroom. Every morning she curses her reflection, every night she scrubs the smile from her face hard enough to leave her cheeks an angry pink.
When she sleeps she dreams of being a man. Her voice is too low to be considered ‘feminine’, her shoulders too broad for dresses and blouses. She tries to wear them and only the sound of tearing fabric accompanies her laughter. Her feet are crushed into her heeled dream shoes so that every step is an agony until she sends them flying in two swift kicks.
She puts on the three-piece suit in her dreams and the gathered faces smile approval as they tell her to ‘man-up’. She wakes up crying and starts the process all over again, covering the soul-sucking sadness with pancake makeup and a smile that deepens the lines in her face.
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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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1 Response to The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Suzanne Madron @suzannemadron @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Darkly profound.

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