The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Ela Lourenco
It all started the first time my sister locked me in the basement. I was only five and terrified of the darkness and shadows. I remember snuggling up in a dusty corner, rocking myself in consolation, eyes glued shut as though to will my fear away. She left me there for hours the first time and I knew better than to tell my mother.
I don’t remember when I first noticed the small trap door, but the hope I felt that this was surely a way out into the world is etched in my mind as though it were yesterday. I pulled it open with my little hands and climbed down the ladder, hoping to find a way out of the house. The further I got down the wider the tunnel got, until I reached a platform where a myriad of ladders zigged and zagged in all different directions. I tried one, then another, yet they all seemed to go further into the bowels of the Earth.
Oddly unafraid, I continued my descent. It seemed less dark and warmer the further I went, and this spurred me on. At last, I arrived at the bottom. A beautiful lady with flowing black hair smiled at me in welcome and bade me to follow her. She led me into a chamber of dark red lights, creatures I had never seen before bustling around.
“I have been waiting for you daughter of Lilith,” the lady said softly, “there is much I must teach you.”
I took her hand and followed where she led. I was no longer afraid…
Fiction © Copyright Ela Lourenco
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