The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
Epiphany and the Stupid Man
by Kim Richards
Epiphany sat on the top surface of her personal space. The wispy green grass covering the ground across her rock tickled the soft skin on her legs. She absently rubbed her leg. Shaped like a bottle stopper, the rock bobbed in the air among the clouds. Above her, the sky wore robes of azure.
Over her shoulder, the moon whistled a quick, bright folk song.
A murder of crows flew by. They cawed in sharp, angry sounding voices. Epiphany ignored them. A light breeze toyed with her blonde curls and the dove feathers woven into the white circlet she wore upon her head. It fingered the hem of her diaphanous tunic, making it flutter.
She clasped her hands and leaned forward to better peer over the ledge. An hour passed since she pushed the brash man off the side. He vanished into the clouds below and faced from her view, taking his screams with him. Still she stared.
She did not expect him to return but was curious about how he suddenly appeared in her personal space, making ridiculous demands. There were no doors here or stairs reaching up from the earth. He did not look to her like someone intelligent enough to evoke a spell.
She laughed when his face turned red after she refused him all that he wanted. Her body and her magic were not his to share.
Then he reached out with his rough hands to grab her by the shoulders. She ducked and danced out of reach. The man lunged forward.
The moon shouted, “Look out!”
Epiphany spun around and stepped aside to allow him to stumble past her. Then she dug her heels in the soil and shoved him hard with both her hands.
Off balance, he tumbled over; his arms flailing.
“Stupid, stupid man,” she called after him as he tumbled downward.
She stood and brushed the grass off of her tunic. She turned to the moon and said, “Now, where were we?”
“Nevermind that,” he said. “It might be time to cast a protection spell on your personal space.”
Epiphany nodded. She gathered the elements she needed: wind, sunshine, and clouds. Then she set to work.