Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Alex Grey @indigodreamers @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

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At the top of the stairs
by Alex Grey

Cissy and Jake and Milo the dog.
Silhouettes in the flickering light
Of their favourite cartoons
On the TV in their bedroom
At the top of the stairs.
On the bottom step
Far below, it seems,
I sit in darkness,
Thoughts swirling in shadow.
I know I am useless,
Can’t see a way forward,
My life needs to end.
I can’t leave them behind.
But how should I kill them?
I can’t hurt them.
It has to be quick,
All three together,
So they don’t know any grief,
They love each other
So much.
Not as much
as I love them,
But I have to die.
Maybe I could
Just kill myself,
But what if their father
Can’t cope?
What if they end up in care?
The dog in a shelter,
Their hearts will be broken.
Can I hurt them so much?
Best if I kill them.
Cissy and Jake and Milo the dog.
Laughing and woofing
As innocents do.
Enjoying their cartoons,
Playing with toys.
Maybe I could wait.
But their dad will be home soon,
I’ll be back to the humdrum
Routine of my life,
The cooking,
The laundry,
While screaming inside.
My chance will be gone.
It needs to be now,
But how?
Fiction © Copyright Alex Grey
Image courtesy of Christina Sng


More about Alex Grey:

After a lifetime of writing technical non-fiction, Alex Grey is fulfilling her dream of writing poems and stories that engage the reader’s emotions. Her ingredients for contentment are narrowboating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate – it’s a sweet life. Her poems and short stories have been published by a number of ezines including The Siren’s Call, Raconteur and Toasted Cheese. One of her comic poems is also available via a worldwide network of public fiction dispensers managed by French publisher, Short Edition. Alex’s original view of the world, which shines through her writing, has led to her best friend to say “For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!”

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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', 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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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Alex Grey @indigodreamers @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Pingback: Publication News: Ladies of Horror September 2020: Poem: At the top of the stairs. – Alex Grey Fiction

  2. afstewart says:

    Disturbing, but excellent.

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