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Birds of a Feather
by Mary Ann Peden-Coviello
“What’s this piece of crap?” I toss the stupid doll thing from hand to hand. “It creeps me out.” It does, too, with its bird skull head and human body. I hold it close to my face ’cause ain’t nothin’ stupid like this thing gonna scare me, y’know. I stare into the holes where its eyes oughta be.
“Oh, please don’t break it. It’s precious to me,” the old bag whines at me from the corner of the bedroom where she’s crouching in a puddle of her own piss.
I laugh. “Yeah? Precious is it?”
The other guys are crashin’ around in the apartment, whoopin’ when they come across somethin’ good and cussin’ when they don’t. A lot more cussin’ than whoopin’ tonight.
I yank out a couple of the feathers from the back of the bird skull.
The old bitch screeches like I stuck her with my knife.
I drop the bird thing on the floor. The old biddy reaches for it. I stomp the bird skull with my bootheel.
A million black birds bust outta nowhere. Wings beat on my head. Claws and beaks tear me up like the worst knife attack ever. The stink of blood is in my nose. I fall to the floor, covered with man-eating birds. I’m screamin’. All my guys are screamin’, too.
The old woman stands in front of me, only she don’t look so scared and piss-stained no more. She looks like that bird skull doll thing.
The last thing I hear is that old woman laughing. Her laughter sounds like some big old crow cawing. God, it hurts.
Fiction © Copyright Mary Ann Peden-Coviello
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from Mary Ann Peden-Coviello:
Women write horror and have written it since before Mary Shelley wrote FRANKENSTEIN. This anthology is to highlight the fact women write great horror and to kill the fallacy that they aren’t in some way up to standard. They are. Read here stories by Elizabeth Massie, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Lucy Taylor, and a plethora of other great writers as they work on your nerves, get inside your head, and bang out some of the scariest tales written today. I’m proud to present these women for your consideration, as Rod Serling might say, as I ask you to step into FRIGHT MARE. Lock the door and windows, put on a light, and remember, it’s not real. It’s not real. Midnight awaits, monsters scheme to take you away, the strange and weird wait in the shadows, but it’s not real. Is it?
Edited by Billie Sue Mosiman, the author who brought you the SINISTER-TALES OF DREAD collections and her latest suspense novel, THE GREY MATTER.