The Ladies of Horror
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by Ela Lourenco
Thirteen years chained to a hard, narrow cot bed. Muscles atrophied long ago from disuse. Nothing to pass the long hours other than to stare at the putrid damp rot creeping slowly down the decaying ceiling towards me.
There is no one, no one but the faceless orderlies who come in twice a day to shovel gruel in my mouth and inject me with their poisons. At first, I fought, then I cajoled and cried – it seems so long ago I cannot remember when I stopped – these wordless creatures shuffling in and out without so much as a glance my way.
Everything is a shade of grey in this place. Everything except the heavy rust-ridden doors permanently ajar. Left open to torment me, to tantalise me with the impossible hope of escape.
I used to believe that one day I would have the chance to run away but now I know. Even if the doors are open, even if my chains broke, my paralysed legs could no longer carry me – the only escape I can hope for is death…
Fiction © Copyright Ela Lourenco
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More from Ela Lourenco:
Katra is a Fae Hunter in a world once ravaged by a terrible war. Having lost all memory of her childhood and rightful identity, her duty is now to protect the tentative peace brokered by the varying races of the supernatural world. When an evil darkness begins to spread, draining young witches of their power, Katra must find a way back to her true past in order to save the future.
Enduring many trials as ever-increasing powers awaken within her, Katra must also struggle with the mixed emotions her new partner, Blade – a Black Dragon – is rousing within her. Together they must battle the shadows that plan to devour the world they know and prevent its decent into another thousand-year war.
Can Katra hold onto her strength as the truth of her very being begins to unravel? Can she bear the weight that ancient prophecy has placed on her young shoulders? Or is her destiny to regain her true self, only to lose the world she is sworn to protect?