Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sarah Read @inkwellmonster @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Sweet Tooth

by Sarah Read

You fed your bear a little of your chocolate birthday cake—so kind of you to share, but Bear has other appetites.
Still, his face smells of chocolate, fills your sweet birthday sleep with chocolate dreams.
Your soft birthday belly, empty now, snarls like a little bear.
“There’s more cake,” Belly says, with Bear’s voice, “in the kitchen.”
It’s warm under the blankets, so you reach to hug Bear, but he’s gone.
Belly groans again, “If you’re hungry, go to the kitchen.”
Bear was hungry, you remember. Always growling hungry. It’s why you gave him cake, though he’d spit it out. But maybe he’s changed his plush mind, wants something sweet after all.
“Sweet child, come to the kitchen,” Belly rumbles in Bear speak.
The floor is cold under your birthday toes, the hall long and dark. There is nothing but grumble breathing from Father’s room.
There is a glow in the kitchen, and there is Bear—between you and the cake.
And between you and Bear there is a growl all appetite.
Fiction © Copyright Sarah Read
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More from Sarah Read:

The Bone Weaver’s Orchard

He’s run away home. That’s what they say every time one of Charley Winslow’s friends vanishes from The Old Cross School for Boys.

It’s just a tall tale. That’s what they tell Charley when he sees the ragged grey figure stalking the abbey halls at night.

When Charley follows his pet insects to a pool of blood behind a false wall, he could run and let those stones bury their secrets. He could assimilate, focus on his studies, and wait for his father to send for him. Or he could walk the dark tunnels of the school’s heart, scour its abandoned passages, and pick at the scab of a family’s legacy of madness and murder.

With the help of Sam Forster, the school’s gardener, and Matron Grace, the staff nurse, Charley unravels Old Cross’ history and exposes a scandal stretching back to when the school was a home with a noble family and a dark secret–a secret that still haunts its halls with scraping steps, twisting its bones into a new generation of nightmares.

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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 Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sarah Read @inkwellmonster @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    A delightfully menacing and ominous story.

  2. Shivery for all the right reasons. Good little piece!

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