Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kim Richards @Kim_Richards @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

by Kim Richards

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings,” the child on the television screen proclaimed in a sweet little voice.
Janelle rolled her eyes. “What a crock,” she told her terrier.
The dog lifted his head from his spot on the opposite end of the couch and stared at her. His little scruffy tail wagged a couple of times. She paid him no mind so he let out a sigh and returned to napping.
Janelle grumbled and grabbed the remote control. She only watched the movie because Max hated it. Right now she wanted to eat every food he disliked, go places he avoided, and see every movie he turned off.
“Stupid liar,” she mumbled as she channel surfed.
She stumbled on a movie about a Christmas demon. Krampus or some such demon with horns and cloven hooves for feet. He wore a similar suit to Santa Claus but his face was gnarled and his eyes green with anger.
“This might be interesting,” she told the dog and filled her wine glass from the bottle on the side table near her.
As the movie progressed, various characters perished to the demon and his band of murderous elves. By the end, the late hour and wine made her drowsy. As she drifted off to sleep, her last thought was to wish she could convince this demon to visit Max.
Christmas morning, Janelle woke to her dog at the front door growling and barking furiously.
“Calm down,” she told Scruffy.
It took her a few minutes to get him to relax and come away from the door. Then she went to open it in case that last package she ordered online ever showed up. She knew it was a slim chance on Christmas Day but looked anyway.
A squat rectangular box indeed sat on the doormat outside. It was addressed to her but with no store markings or name of who sent it to her. She shrugged and took it inside.
After opening it and scooping out red shredded paper packaging, she found a holiday decoration inside. Grasping it by the handle on top, Janelle lifted the red lantern up and peered closely. The inside was like a snow globe in that a little village scene and snow covered trees were inside. There were thousands of little white balls simulating snow. When she jiggled it, the balls tossed around and floated down to settle on the bottom.
She set the lantern aside and pulled out a square greeting card from inside the box. She tore open the envelope and pulled out the card. The picture on the front matched the inside of the lantern but was the photo of a real place.
Janelle opened the card and read: Merry Christmas! May all your dreams come true. Say the words and it shall come to you.
Just then her phone rang. She picked it up and realized the caller was Max. “Liar! I wish you would just die.” She said and then slammed the phone down.
From her peripheral vision, she realized there was movement in the lantern. Her dog jumped on her leg and growled so she waved him away.
Janelle stared up close inside the lantern snow scene. She pressed her nose against the glass and watched the little snowflakes fall. One of them spun around and bumped the glass near her nose. It had a face on it. Max’s screaming head drifted away until it was lost in the other flakes.
Janelle laughed and gave the lantern a special place in the middle of her dining room table. She would enjoy it for years to come.
Fiction © Copyright Kim Richards
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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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1 Response to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kim Richards @Kim_Richards @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Delightfully wicked.

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