Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @Sotet_Angyal #LoH

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Monster Apparent
by Angela Yuriko Smith

I found the
perfect monster.
She was flawlessly
self entitled like a Barbie
complete with Malibu car and keys.
Her hair cost more than groceries.
Her nails cost as much as electricity.
Her clothes could have been a way out.
Typical monster, it was her right to have
everything. Her right that I should have
nothing. Her right to be a typical monster.
She thinks there is no judgement for the
beautiful. Those with funds get to be fun
with no consequence. She doesn’t think.
Her party and my parting coincided when
a text, a beer and three “of the red ones”
hit her all at once, and then she hit me.
She thinks she left me behind, bleeding
and forgotten. A sin on the sidewalk. An
“oopsie” for therapy. She doesn’t think.
I will be the reminder in her perfect color
coordinated house with the current year
incriminating car with matching accessories.
I’ll show her that beauty is only skin deep
by taking hers. That consequence can
follow you home. That she had no right.
I will leave her to hang in her bay window
soft skin turning hard and brown in the sun.
Like a cocoon full of inner monster. Like
a regretful chicken coming home to roost.
There she will wither, the strips of her
becoming leather to match her couch
and it will be her right to rot, finally the
Monster Apparent. And my right to live.
Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
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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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5 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @Sotet_Angyal #LoH

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Excellent, Angela!

    • Thank you 🙂 This is actually based on a real event that happened where we lived in Florida. A party girl left a bar late with too much to drink and she hit a guy riding his bicycle to work. She panicked and left him there. If she had stopped and called it in they think he would have survived. It angered me at the time, of course, but I’m still surprised to see it pop up as a poem almost 10 years later.

  2. afstewart says:

    Ominous and delightfully dark.

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