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What the Light Finally Revealed
by Terrie Leigh Relf
Inside the dilapidated cottage, Luisa huddled beneath an old quilt. She hoped for a few hours of sleep before exploring the surrounding forest in the morning. It had been years, she believed, since she’d had the courage to return to her old home.
still guided her steps
a photograph thick with dust
Standing in front of the window, Luisa shivered within the cold light of morning. A fractured mirror cast eerie images along the worn, wooden walls.
around her neck
a prayer almost uttered
She reached for the brass doorknob, slowly turned it to the left. It must be broken, she realized, then padded toward the kitchen’s back door. It wouldn’t open, either. With a sigh, she looked for a tool to remove the knob. Or perhaps she should just break the window further, climb through.
followed by a defiant cadenza
her screams in counterpoint
Luisa sank down onto the living room carpet. It had been soft once. Luxurious. As the sun rose higher over the trees, she could almost feel the hot sting of tears as they flowed down her cheeks.
how blood pooled
Her memories continued to rise, then dissipate like shadows in the room. That night, that horrendous night, when she had returned home from vacation early, her husband, Carlo, at work in the basement.
with memento mori
scent of embalming fluid
That night, he had strangled then stabbed her over and over and over again. How could she not have known he was the local serial killer?
how the light swirled
around her . . . beckoning
her to take that last step
Fiction © Copyright Terrie Leigh Relf
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from author Terrie Leigh Relf:
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