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Old Lane Five
by Terrie Leigh Relf
My brother, Sean, and I had been staying at a rural Bed-and-Breakfast. Our hostess recommended a local winery nestled in the woods, where we had a Charcuterie board and a few flights of full-bodied reds. As we were preparing to leave, Sean checked the map again.
“Does Old Lane Five lead back to Alma’s B&B?” he asked one of the servers.
The young woman seemed to look off into the distance, shuddered slightly, then turned to us with a wan smile. “Oh, it is the most direct, but I wouldn’t take that road in this fog.”
We thanked her and Sean took the road anyway, going about ten miles-per-hour. As the fog thickened, he slowed down to a crawl. “Just relax, Emma. We’ll still be back in time for our dinner reservations.”
“No worries. What the—”
The road ahead began to ripple. It had to be an optical illusion, a combination of damp asphalt, fog, and headlights.
And then she emerged . . . eyes wide and staring right at us, water flowing all around.
Sean swerved and we ended up in the embankment. After a few stunned moments, we climbed out of the car. The woman was gone, the rippling asphalt now solid.
“Now that was weird.” Sean checked the front of the car to see if he’d hit an animal. Not a drop of blood. We’d both seen the woman . . . how could we have a shared hallucination?
As we were heading back to the car, the road’s surface began to ripple again, and we started sinking beneath the surface.
But it wasn’t water . . .
It was blood . . . dark . . . red . . . blood.
And the woman wasn’t human . . .
It had tentacles . . . writhing tentacles and a huge angry maw.
Fiction © Copyright Terrie Leigh Relf
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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