Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Melissa R. Mendelson @melissmendelson @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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If Only We Had Listened
by Melissa R. Mendelson

The buildings were on fire again. I could hear the glass that was left in windows shatter. The brick was already burnt, turning blacker, and debris fell like rain. The smoke claimed the sky, but the stars were already choked silent. And the moon was gone, leaving the bodies in the street in darkness, shadowed by flames.
My rags slipped quietly across my bare feet as I stepped over the sleeping dead. Those unlucky to dream hollow dreams moaned in protest, but their bodies were slender twigs. A bone snapped under one step, and I continued on, moving toward the massive brick hill lying in the distance. So many bodies lying in the street as if never remembering comfort, only a concrete bed, and an old man crouched by a burning barrel, shoveling garbage into his mouth. Did he not remember what good food tasted like, and he snarled at me like a wounded animal.
The flesh on my hands were torn away. I could see bone and vein, but still I climbed. I no longer felt pain. I no longer felt anything, but I did not want to sleep. I did not want to lie down on pavement, wishing to fade away, so I climbed. I reached the top, and I fell down to the other side, snapping one leg the wrong way. But I didn’t care. I had finally found him.
The building was gone, but one brick wall remained. That’s where he lived and watched. He waited for the lost souls to close their eyes one last time, draw in a shuddered breath, and then he would take them. He would lift them up into the air, carry them over the brick hill, and turn them into dust, and he would inhale that dust through his tentacles that hung down like a king’s beard. His purple eyes would shine bright, taking the lost souls not to heaven but to hell.
I gathered up what strength I had left, but I could only hurl one rock at his face. In doing so, I could hear the debris behind me move, and the shadows emerged, taking human form. But their faces were painted skeletal. Hoods covered their heads, and they swiftly moved toward me, lifting my broken frame upward in offering. And his purple eyes shined, and his long tentacles shot forward, penetrating my flesh and bone. I shuddered, slowly turning to dust, but as my body fell away, I held his stare. If only we had listened, but we never did.
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More from Melissa R. Mendelson:

Better Off Here 

We always look to the greener pastures, thinking our lives would be so much better over there, but if we were over there, what if all we wanted was to go back? Instead, we found ourselves trapped with the darker side to our fears.

Available Here!



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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6 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Melissa R. Mendelson @melissmendelson @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. Pingback: Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Melissa R. Mendelson @melissmendelson @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction — Spreading the Writer’s Word – Dream Darkly Blog

  2. afstewart says:

    A fantastic story.

  3. Marge Simon says:

    HPL would be clapping, for this was a very good job!

  4. Pingback: The Ladies of Horror Picture Prompt Challenge August 2019 {[All Authors]} – Lapsed Reality

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