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Bound by Blood
by Elizabeth H. Smith
An assembly of memories, crafted, planned, designed with intent. Innocent family photos and kitchenware appear of no consequence, inspire no suspicion. They mirror normalcy in its mundane glory. They invite, tell a story all have lived or heard.
Their arrangement distracts visitors from what isn’t so easy to see. Those who enter this home are blind to its truth. They only vision what I portray, not what grows inside.
Not until I show them.
This latest traveler looks upon my display with humble contentment. His idle senses are dulled by the average. Never would he predict what my unassuming cottage hides from unaware eyes.
Not until it’s too late.
A gasp escapes his lungs when my knife plunges into his back. The shock is apparent in his lack of cries for help. He simply turns and looks with confusion. He isn’t aware of what’s happened. He only feels the pressure in his muscles, the wetness of the soaking shirt against his flesh. He can’t surmise he’ll become part of the collection, the trinkets and everyday things which plenty my home with the order of the expected. The family photos are of my kin, but only of the chosen variety—only bound by the blood I spill. As he wheezes his last breath, his body fades, leaving only red to clean. When he’s gone, a fresh member of the family stares from the photo.
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.
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