Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Linda Lee Rice @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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What We Have Become
by Linda Lee Rice

When the insurgence began, our ancestors fled to the tunnels and sewers. They carried with them the survival items they would need for what they thought would be a short time. Food, water, clothing, flashlights and lanterns, such as the one you see here.
But time passed and the world did not become the Utopia that was planned. Riots, looting, and killing was the normal, so our ancestors stayed in the sewers and tunnels. Every so often, someone would volunteer to go above and scout out the world beyond but never returned.
So, our ancestors began to change as the years passed. Clothing became scarce, so hair grew to cover bodies to keep out the damp and cold. Eyes became larger, with slits that widened in the dark to be able to see, because the flashlights darkened, and the lanterns ran out of fuel.
We still had food of a kind and the water, although it smelled bad, was drinkable. So, we blossomed under the ground like a fungi…pale, quiet footed, and ears that rotated to any sound. We evolved into…something else.
The lantern was placed on the stone as a symbol of what we were and where we came from. Forgotten memories only told as stories now over the warming fires of wood which drifted through. The fifth generation of those who went underground and didn’t surface again listened to these stories and wondered.
We had a language, not quite the language that was brought down, but a combination of several languages along with hand signs and signals. After all, when you’re hunting for food, you must be fleet footed and quiet among the tunnels and sewers.
Our teeth changed shape and became sharper, pointed to make it easier to rip our prey apart since we didn’t have the niceties of forks and spoons. Ah, but the sharp knives! Those we had, carefully sharpened for ready use.
As I write this, I hear a noise in the tunnels that’s unfamiliar. Murmurs of speech that aren’t of our kind…and my mouth waters.
Fiction © Copyright Linda Lee Rice
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More about Linda Lee Rice:

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Linda Lee Rice aka Ruzicka has poetry published in Twilight Times, Dark Krypt, Fables, Descending Darkness, Writing Village, Spine, and Page, Muses Gallery, Bloodbond, Lycan Valley Press Publishers, Alban Lake, Highland Park Poetry, Rosette Maleficarum, The Siren’s Call, Edify Fiction

and the June Cotner anthology, “House Blessings” and “Garden Blessings

She has short stories published in The Grit, and Reminisce, Haunted Encounters: Friends and Family, FrostFire Worlds. Plus, a personal essay at Mamalode. She also has various articles and blogs published online as a freelance writer.


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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3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Linda Lee Rice @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Creepy and chilling.

  2. I really enjoyed this – had echoes of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Galapagos” – how evolution can take strange and unexpected turns.

  3. Pingback: The Ladies of Horror Picture Prompt Challenge June 2020 {[All Authors]} – Lapsed Reality

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