The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by A.F. Stewart
The camera shutter clicked softly, once, twice, three times as the image froze itself onto film. Fading sunlight, filtered by gauzy curtains, diffused across her body, warming her cold skin. Her carefully crafted pose suggested peaceful slumber, with tumbled hair and fingers clutching a thorny stem; the flawless sleeping beauty holding a red rose.
A beauty dead to the world.
Above her the man smiled, his portfolio complete. “You are immortalized now, my sweet. Your splendour captured forever, unblemished, frozen in time as my fairy tale perfection. My gift to you. What more could you ask for?”
He put his camera down next to her poisoned glass of champagne, before spreading the tarp on the floor and wrapping her corpse into the sheet. He sat there for a while, next to her, savouring champagne and the memories of her death.
As dusk settled, he stood, with the words, “Goodbye, my sweet.”
Then he dragged her body to her freshly dug grave and buried her beside the others.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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