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The Fury of Light
by Elizabeth H. Smith
She always knew this day might come, as it had for so many of her loved ones. The sky speaks in tones only she can hear. Omens soar above to translate; the message is clear—she must go to the temple. She walks without fear, but carries the weight of hopelessness. As she walks up the steps the veil beckons. She obeys. The sun commands she succumb to its fury. She turns away from its gaze as it judges without reservation. Light thins the physical realm, walls begin to fade. The after thirsts for fresh blood, wants for new flesh. Its thunderous appetite cannot be ignored or escaped. Her eyes lower as heat boils the air. She takes one last breath and braces herself for the transition from this world to the next.
Fiction © Copyright Elizabeth H. Smith
Image courtesy of Pixabay
More About Elizabeth H. Smith:
Elizabeth H. Smith is a storyteller who writes while trying to keep her cat, Luna off the keyboard. The musical group, Rasputina is her muse. She was born in the state of New York and would never feel at home anywhere else.
Through Clouded Eyes: A Zombie’s Point of View
Through Clouded Eyes: A Zombie’s Point of View: a collection of twelve stories told from the Zombie’s perspective.
They’re shambling toward you, feet dragging on the broken roadway. Arms outstretched, faces slack, they move as if they’re tracking your scent on the wind. You want to run, but you know there’s nowhere to hide.
Aware of their insatiable hunger, fear paralyzes you. These things were once human, people someone loved. Is there anything left inside them – some sliver of humanity that may save you from this nightmare? Your mind doesn’t want to accept the inevitable, a single thought consumes you: what are they thinking?
With your chance of escape dwindling, you snap out of it and run like hell knowing there is little to no hope; fate is coming for you. Soon you will see what they see Through Clouded Eyes…
Featuring stories from Maynard Blackoak, Calvin Demmer, Paul M. Feeney, Stacy Fileccia, Trevor Firetog, DH Hanni, Shannon Lawrence, Josh MacLeod, Zachary O’Shea, Neal Privett, Mark Steinwachs, and Alex Woolf
“The sky speaks in tones only she can hear” – such spare and beautiful language to tell a complex story of sacrifice and acceptance – all packed into a micro – masterful.