Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Alex Grehy @indigodreamers @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

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The Space Between (Villanelle)
by Alex Grehy

The space between frames, dark between light, pain between smiles.
Wedding day movie, mum beams, dad looks harmless, benign
yet they say that the camera can never tell lies. 
Mum wore long-sleeved white satin, damning bruises disguised.
Temper in check, dad’s huge fist pumps in triumph, this time.
The space between frames, dark between light, pain between smiles.
A new reel unwinds. Honeymoon – sun, sea and blue skies
she hides black eyes with big glasses, appeases, drinks wine,
yet they say that the camera can never tell lies 
My party, I’m ten, he hurts me, I smother my cries,
he sings happy birthday, guileless, the cake looks so fine.
The space between frames, dark between light, pain between smiles.
Mum hands me a knife, let’s cut, she says. I stab, he dies.
Accident. The home movie shows the fault is not mine,
Yet they say that the camera can never tell lies
So tragic! He was a good man his friends eulogise,
we sneer, our family’s virtue is deceit defined
The space between frames, dark between light, pain between smiles.
Yet they say that the camera can never tell lies
Fiction © Copyright Alex Grehy
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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More from author Alex Grehy:

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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 work has been featured by a wide range of publications including Siren’s Call, Raconteur, Bookends Review, 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. Her ingredients for contentment are narrow boating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate. It is a sweet life, yet Alex’ original view of the world has led to her best friend to say ‘For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!

Please click here to discover more!   

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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', 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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6 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Alex Grehy @indigodreamers @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Pingback: Publication News: Ladies of Horror Flash Project: The Space Between (Horror) – Alex Grehy Fiction

  2. afstewart says:

    A darkly superb poem.

  3. camillapeterken says:

    Wow Sue that was incredible! Powerful, heavy , rhythmic made me have a big sigh at the end. Well done! Xx Camilla

  4. Marge Simon says:

    Very well done, Alex! Loved it!

  5. Aargh! Just thought of a better line 5 (that has already been reworked a million times) – leaving it here for future revisions!

    “Temper checked, dad high-fives and fist pumps, playful this time”

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