Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kathleen McCluskey @KathleenMcClus4 @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

The Island   
by Kathleen McCluskey 

Maria stood as she brushed the sand off of her legs. She lifted her hand to shield her eyes against the sun’s bright rays. She squinted into the distance. “John! Come here, quick!” There was an audible groan as John lifted himself out of the hammock.

“What now? You seem to think everything on this island is extraordinary!” He sighed as he slowly walked towards Maria.

She looked at John over her shoulder, “I’m serious, there is something going on in the sky; the color is off.” She stepped into the water. It splashed playfully on her ankles. “The water even feels warmer. There is something going on here.”

John looked up toward the horizon; the auburn colors of dusk were overtaking the pale blue daytime sky. “You’re nuts. There is nothing there but a beautiful sunset. C’mon let’s get ready for dinner.” Maria cupped her hand in John’s as they strolled up the beach toward their hotel. She looked back as she could see the fiery clouds overtake the wooly puffs of white.

She began to panic, “John! Look at that!” John turned and was astonished to see the heavens appearing to look like they were ablaze.

John kept his composure, “C’mon, let’s get off of this beach!” As Maria began to run the earth started to quake and vibrate. She screamed as she fell over into a sand dune. The earth opened up and John was swallowed by the cascading sand. Maria could only watch in shock as the crevice widened. She climbed up onto a rocky outcropping and looked up.

Crimson and apricot colors were blending as a luminous craft began to push through. The earth rumbled even harder. The wind was stagnant but an ear shattering reverberation made Maria cup her hands over her ears. She could only look on as the alien craft came closer. The sea was churning and bubbling; a whirlpool began to appear. The bright craft hovered over the churning water. The coast started to disappear as the water rose higher and higher. The earth was quaking at a ferocious rate. Maria was knocked into the surf and swept out to sea by the vicious, turbulent water.

All over the planet, the space crafts appeared; burning cities to ash while eradicating all life that once resided there. The aliens offered no explanation. The governments of each country tried their best with human weapons but to no avail.

The alien overlords had returned to reclaim their planet.


Fiction © Copyright Kathleen McCluskey
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More from Kathleen McCluskey:

The Long Fall: Book 1: The Inception of Horror

Lucifer always cunning and intelligent challenges father to a battle of wits. Being the angel of light he casts a judgemental eye upon mankind. He begins a war with his fellow archangels and God. Michael, along with his siblings defend their home and mankind from their deranged brother. Broad swords and hand to hand combat drench heaven in blood. The four apocalyptic steeds are released, each having their own destructive power. Betrayal and lust are at biblical levels. Understand the very creation of evil and the consequenses that transpire in the first of THE LONG FALL series.

Available on Amazon!


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4 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kathleen McCluskey @KathleenMcClus4 @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Nice – love the transformation of a beautiful scene into one of annhilation.

  2. afstewart says:

    Cool story and a great ending.

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