The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by A.F. Stewart
Only three pictures left, Paris, Rome and… I can’t quite remember, London maybe? The sepia edges on that one are worn. There used to be more, a box worth of photos, but they’ve faded away to nothing, like my memories of them.
Did the photos used to be colour? I’m not sure what colour even looks like anymore. Everything is so drab now, all monotones of grey and brown.
More of the scene has faded away in that photo. Where was it again? Berlin? I suppose it doesn’t matter. If it is disappearing that means it won’t exist soon. Like the other cities, like the rest of the world, even the universe, I assume.
Funny how we thought the end of the world would come in a bang, some natural disaster or a virulent plague. But, no, time itself unravelled, unmaking existence piece by piece. Nothing left. No memories, no monuments, no trace. A few cities remain, with people like me, waiting.
I glance at the photos. One of them is blank now. I toss it into the box with the others.
I wonder what city it was? It’s gone now. Only Rome and… is that Paris in the photo?
Oh dear. Paris is where I am, and the edges on the photo are fading.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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All that and more await within the pages.
Ten stories. Ten women.
Who will survive? Who will fall? And who will succumb to their inner evil?
Find out in Visions and Nightmares.
Warning: This book contains disturbing scenes that may be upsetting to some readers.