Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Melissa R. Mendelson @melissmendelson @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

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There are no Greater Heights
by Melissa R. Mendelson

“Are you sure you want to do this?”
“It’s too late to turn back now.”  Jason looked down.  Heights normally never bothered him, but they were too high.  He could see the tip of the tower.  He checked his belt, making sure that it was secure.  He did not want to fall.  “Are we crazy to be doing this,” he asked his friend.
“No, because none of this is real.  All we have to do is touch the sky.  That’s it.”  His friend clung to the tip of the tower.  His fingers reached upward.  “Almost there,” he said.
“Wait.”  His friend looked at him.  “What if we’re wrong about this?  What if nothing happens?”
“Well, if nothing happens, then we’ll ask for the red pill.”
“That red pill killed all our friends,” Jason said.  “Their insides imploded.  It was horrible watching them die.”
“Which is why this was our only other option.”  His friend sighed.  “The sooner we interrupt the system, the sooner we could get out into the real world, which isn’t here.”
“And how do we do that exactly?”
“We fall.”  His friend was serious.  “We cause the glitch.  The system’s interrupted, and we let go.”
Jason looked down again.  The world was so far away, and the idea of falling was worse than imploding.  What if his friend was wrong?  What if there was no waking up, and only the ground greeted him from below?
“Jason, it’s now or never,” his friend snapped at him.
“Do it,” Jason whispered.  “Do it,” he repeated louder.
Jason clung to the tip of his tower as his friend reached upward.  His friend’s fingers touched the sky.  Nothing happened.  No system error or glitch.  Nothing, and his friend reached into the sky again and again.
“I don’t get it,” his friend said.
A moment later, his friend disintegrated along with the tower.  The sky darkened, and the wind picked up.  Jason looked down, and all he saw was white.  No buildings.  No people.  Nothing, but his tower.
“Hello?”  Jason listened to his voice echo around him.  “Hello?”  The wind died down, and the sky returned to its blue color.  But everything else except for him and his tower was gone.  “Hello,” Jason screamed.
“Hello,” echoed back.
Fiction © Copyright Melissa R. Mendelson
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More from Melissa R. Mendelson:

nmkmmName’s Keeper

I got a one-way ticket out of hell. All I need to do is drive across country with a body in the trunk and run miscellaneous errands, but a lot of those errands come with a heavy price. And if I lose the body in the trunk, then I have to go back, and I’ll be damned if I return down there. I will fight to stay here, even if there is no rest for those wicked.

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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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6 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Melissa R. Mendelson @melissmendelson @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Nice work – great “Matrix” vibe and an intriguing ending.

  2. afstewart says:

    A fascinating story, loved the ending.

  3. Marge Simon says:

    I love this, Melissa! Really good one, love ending especially!

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