The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Tiffany Michelle Brown @TiffeBrown @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

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Nov_Image04The Rat Problem
by Tiffany Michelle Brown

Wormwood sat on a gnarled oak branch in the moonlight, licking her paw. The rat she’d ingested twenty minutes prior was not settling well in her stomach. Though she’d shaken the animal, snapped its neck, watched the rat’s life slink from its body, it felt as if the rodent’s little paws were pressing against Wormwood’s stomach lining.
A fresh spasm spiraled through the cat’s stomach, and she leaped to the leaf-covered ground. She began the trek home, mewling in pain. She wanted to curl up in a ball and let the indigestion pass, but her master was waiting. She wanted proof the beast is Wormwood’s belly was dead, and she would get it.
With each step, Wormwood’s stomach roiled more and more. It now felt as if the dead rat was scrabbling around in her stomach, trying to claw its way out.
A block away from her master’s home, Wormwood collapsed on the road. Agony bloomed deep within the cat, so intense and hot that she couldn’t scream. She could only pant, greedily sucking in oxygen, her tongue lolling in the dirt.
And then the swelling began. It was as if Wormwood was a balloon and someone was filling her with air. Her stomach distended painfully as she grew, and then something teared inside of her. The pain exploded throughout her body, one quick wave of agony, and then she couldn’t feel anything.
A human hand emerged from the cat’s stomach. Fingers gripped the pavement and pulled. The head was next, then a neck, a shoulder, the other arm. Within moments, a naked woman stood in the dark, her body slicked with stomach acid. The woman flicked her wrist, sending an arc of the stuff flying into the brush.
“Why did you send your familiar?” the woman whispered into the night. “I told you that nothing short of a family reunion will do.” She plucked a tuft of cat fur from her shoulder. “I guess I’m coming to you. Brace yourself, little sister. You’re about to have a rat problem.”
The woman lifted her hands to the sky and began chanting. Moments later, a rat scurried along the road, its coat wet and shining in the moonlight.
Fiction © Copyright Tiffany Michelle Brown
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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 The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Tiffany Michelle Brown @TiffeBrown @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. That’s a really edgy piece with a clever ending, though I did feel sorry for Wormwood!

  2. afstewart says:

    Loved the story, but the poor cat.

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