Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Scarlett R. Algee @ScarlettRAlgee @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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May2020_Image_02Sustenance
by Scarlett R. Algee

At Processing Site 17, on Wednesdays, we feed dissidents to the Machine.
It’s a simple process: their crimes are read, they’re dropped from the platform, they scream until they meet the crushing, gnawing metal teeth below. Later, when they’re paste, when they’re liquid…well, the residents of Housing Site 49 don’t care what fertilizes the gardens, so long as they get to eat the results.
It’s economical this way.
I got over the screams early on. The usual sound of the Machine at work is a steady, patient rumble; at my desk, thirty meters away, it muffles conversations and vibrates the floor beneath my feet. It’s soothing in its way, that constant growl of hunger.
That’s my job, keeping the Machine fed. And sometimes the sins of its prey are real, mundane and small, but sometimes, if I’ve had a particularly good day, they can become quite creative.
Because on Wednesdays we feed dissidents to the Machine, even if we have to manufacture them.
Fiction © Copyright Scarlett R. Algee
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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More from author Scarlett R. Algee:

The Lift: Nine Stories of Transformation, Volume One

The hall is dark and the overhead light flickers. Sounds echo, and there’s a creaking and clanging that gets louder as you stand in the semi-dark. The elevator opens and you’re offered a ride. Step inside and ride it to the story chosen for your transformation. Don’t be afraid, for Victoria, the mysterious girl who operates The Lift, waits to guide you. Set in the same world as the award nominated audio drama, The Lift’s first written anthology features nine all new stories by fan favorite writers and special bonus content by creators Daniel Foytik and Cynthia Lowman. The collection is brought to life with beautiful illustrations by Jeanette Andromeda for each story.

Available on Amazon!

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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', 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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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Scarlett R. Algee @ScarlettRAlgee @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Well done for a super shortie!

  2. afstewart says:

    A most menacing and darkly excellent story.

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