The Ladies of Horror
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by K. Soriano
After being accused of practicing witchcraft, Selene was exiled from the village and promised the villagers they would soon regret their choice.
The villagers of Wendsly were afraid, not knowing what Selene was fully capable of, so they brought in a prophet from a distant village.
Upon entering her tiny hut, the prophet was overwhelmed by visions of what was to become of these people. The premonition proved too strong—too powerful—it made the old prophet weak.
He tried to warn the townsfolk, but all he could say was, “thick fog,” before his untimely demise.
Fear began to grow through the village. What else was in this premonition to cause the prophet’s death?
Taking shelter in their homes, they barricaded the doors and shuttered the windows. If a thick fog was to come through Wendsly, they were going to make sure they’d be safe.
Selene was always quite crafty. She expected this reaction. She also knew the residents would call on a prophet. She cursed her old hut, a hex that caused that vision to be his last.
As days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months, even the most devout villagers doubted the prophet’s vision and began to come out of hiding. They’d been running low on food, and the men needed to hunt more than believe.
Just as the villagers let down their guard and no longer feared Selene’s wrath, as she planned, a thick fog rolled in from the mountains.
Chaos ensued, not knowing what this veil contained. People trampled relatives to get back inside their homes—unaware that would not protect them.
As the vapor reached Wendsly, the villagers began choking.
This was no ordinary fog. Selene had unleashed a poisonous mist strong enough to wipe the village from existence.
While the people of Wendsly died, Selene watched through her cauldron with utter joy.
“I warned you,” she said aloud, a sinister smile twisting her face.
Fiction © Copyright K. Soriano
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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