The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
The Purple Tongue
by Sue Renol
We don’t know where it came from. Some say the first of its kind it grew on the side of a cliff high in the Andes, others that it was found deep in the caves below West Virginia. Others still, claim that it was perched on a coral reef awaiting the opportunity to root in soil. What we do know is that when it was discovered, it was a worldwide sensation. ‘Give the Gift of Purple’ – that was the catch phrase.
Soon, the flower was so prodigious that it had spread to every country. It was the toast of the Great British Flower Show, crowded the Keukenhof in Holland, and found a home in every Grandma’s back yard. The plant became prolific overnight.
Two crucial point of interest regarding the viola-amerithis, otherwise known as ‘the purple tongue’ – it kills all indigenous flora surrounding it, and in juxtaposition to other known plant species, this one thrives on oxygen and emits carbon dioxide.
Fiction © Copyright Sue Renol
Image courtesy of Pixabay
Wicked Deeds: Witches, Warlocks, Demons and Other Evil Doer’s
Sometimes wicked people do wicked things simply because they can… The twelve stories in Wicked Deeds tell tales of witches and warlocks with ill intent, devilish demons bent on destruction, and other doers of evil who make the world a terrifying place. What is a mother to do when her daughter is gifted but lives under the thumb of her fanatical preacher husband who will brook no talk of the supernatural? What of a demon so desperate to free himself of a trap that he will force another to repeat his atrocities and condemn a young boy to his demonic fate? Or maybe the story of a crotchety old witch with a score to settle against the town she lives in is more to your liking – what evil will the seemingly harmless town-crazy call upon when faced with an ultimatum? If you’re looking for wicked people with supernatural abilities doing wicked things, this is the collection for you!
Short and bittersweet, loved it! Especially because, in case you missed biology or botany, it is educational! Gaaaaaaaa!
Excellent, with a great twist.
Love this – such a sneaky little story. Enjoyed revisiting your work in the latest Sirens Call.