Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Elaine Pascale @DocLaney @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

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The Stairs 
by Elaine Pascale


She had thought the stairs were empty.

They were vacant of everything but his scent.

Men are described as “musky,” but this one wasn’t. His smell was sharp and metallic, like the blood that drips from a predator’s fangs.

When she bought the house, she thought the stairs were included.

But this man, this non-musky man owned them.

His scent permeated every tread, every spindle. His scent permeated her thoughts enough to drive her to the town records to uncover his name. Further research uncovered a mob connection. A deeper dive described how he had beaten his wife to death.

Right there, in the house she now owned.

She wanted to own every inch of it. She wanted to remove all traces of him. She thought she could fight for the stairs. This man who had not been accountable in life, who had died pleasantly in his bed after committing gruesome acts on others, she thought she could make him disappear. Her weapons included some sage, a crucifix, and random passages that spoke of “ego te absolvo,” even though she did not, even though she could not absolve the wife murderer of his sins.

Her words, her sage, and her crucifix only condensed the titanium perfume. A shove, a broken neck, and the blood liberated from a crack in her skull signified she had lost the battle of the stairs.

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4 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Elaine Pascale @DocLaney @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Wonderfully sinister.

  2. Love the sensory detail you’ve put into this – some writing buddies have recently been discussing the merits (or not) of describing a character’s smell – it’s so effective here and brings the man to an (un)life so vividly. The story’s as chilling as the image.

  3. Marge Simon says:

    Good one! Alex sums it up nicely.

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