The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Elizabeth H. Smith
Lilly couldn’t permit his breath another deceit, another whisper of bent perspective. In error, Marcus tread beneath the lines, the reverse where rule had no application. Once read, died lonely, meaning gone. Only his voice had spoken clear.
Despair fled down her cheek. Red hands didn’t bother wipe it away.
His gesture of life to mark the spaces festered with his stiffened frame. His stain upon the floor would ever haunt the room. His deviation couldn’t be undone. Neither could hers. Resolved to nature, vicious and raw, the need satisfied the conclusion.
She wished with dreams the pages back, Marcus telling the story that would never be finished. But in her wispy conjuring his face distorted, split, shattered—vision of something long-dead.
Lilly closed the book with crimson marks, allowed its scent one last memory. The tale untold, she walked with dread pace, and left Marcus to death’s long and giving tender.
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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