The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Ela Lourenco
When I was a little girl skipping through the woods, I saw a white rabbit leap down a hole. Young and carefree I followed it in and fell into a world of marvels, Mad hatters and tea parties. I spoke to a crazy cat, stood up to the Queen of Hearts… I lived a lifetime in that short moment in time. Sweet memories and a kaleidoscope of wonders in my heart when I returned breathless to tell my parents what I had seen.
At first they smiled, then they frowned. I was sent to bed without my tea. Urgent harsh whispers filled the house that night and come morning only blank faces met me. “We are off on an outing,” I was told and I did up my coat. And we drove down dreary country lanes to a village remote. An imposing stone building appeared round the bend, colourless, lifeless, many shades of grey.
I was pushed through the doors and met by the tallest, thinnest, dourest-faced woman I had ever seen. That was when I first heard the blood-curdling screams.
“Come along child, you will be here awhile,” the spindly giant said to me as I was abandoned there by my own family.
They did things to me. Asked the same questions over and over again. I was punished severely every time I mentioned Wonderland. I was tied to a bed, then tied to a chair. Days turned to weeks, weeks to years, until my once blonde head was now all grey hair.
“Recant, admit the truth. Wonderland is not real.” I must have heard this a million times. I never gave up. Never. I would not deny the truth. My life is now almost spent but still I persist. The memories of that magical place were all that kept me from going insane.
Fiction © Copyright Ela Lourenco
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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?