The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Ela Lourenco
The temple lanterns flame red as the third moon ascends into the twilight, the only colour allowed across this now barren grey land. My home. Once alive with colour and life is now a desolate skeleton of what once was. I stand guard as I have done for so long that I barely remember what my purpose is- what I protect.
They came from above without warning, these creatures fate foretold. And in the blink of an eye consumed the souls of all that thrived here once. All that is, except for me. Harbingers of punishment, they devoured the very spirit of my home. Family, friends… the very last blade of grass… all turned to ash.
What I did to deserve the torment of remaining I do not know. Tortured by solitude, plagued with the silent screams of my world haunting my every waking hour. There is no respite, no relief. I grow no older, nor does sickness bless me. Cursed in the eternal prison that is my own body – betrayed by immortality I stand guard. Powerless to save my home – impotent in my survival…
Fiction © Copyright Ela Lourenco
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