The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Elaine Pascale
That is how we routinely begin.
Truly, we begin with make-up and costumes, our “armor,” but that is done before, before we get to the alley.
The lights are low.
The atmosphere has hints of soft pretzels, of beer, but mostly of carpeting that sports a variety of fluid-born stains.
We bring our own pins. They are sharp as fangs.
We ignore the whimpers; the fear they feel is fair.
After what we have been through, it is more than fair.
It is nothing personal, but what they represent.
We usually spike their drinks—a way of using their own weapon against them.
They never suspect a thing. The way we quiet beforehand should serve as a clue.
The jungle always becomes silent before an attack.
Seeing the shadowy figures, by the pins, conjures the voices that brought them here.
Lane 1 had said, “You’d be so much prettier if you smiled.”
Lane 2, at work and in front of others said, “That’s a man’s job, let me do that.”
Lane 3 had mansplained the public transit system we had taken every day for years.
Lane 4 questioned if the lack of “keeping sweet” vibes were due to monthly menses.
Lane 5 had fatally asked, “What were you wearing?” after an assault.
Lane 5 would go last.
They are tied, spread eagled and facing us.
And we roll.
We take turns; we take our time.
Until we run out of men.
Until we run out of the need.
Fiction © Copyright Elaine Pascale
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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