Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kim Richards @Kim_Richards @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!


by Kim Richards 

Maribel lounged in the back yard soft grass, beneath a starless night sky. No stars stepped forward to twinkle their light for months now.

I wonder where they are, she thought.

Overhead, the waxing crescent moon floated—the only celestial body in the sky. Its silvery sliver contrasted sharply against the inky backdrop of space.

He’s alone like me. Maribel frowned.

At first, she enjoyed the solitude. She loved living without someone telling her what to wear, where to go, or what she should spend her time on. She didn’t miss money or crazy people on social media. She welcomed the quiet. Now she had the time and need to garden so she turned the entire front yard into neat rows of planted vegetables.

The snap peas barely sprouted when the loneliness set in. Maribel had no one to share a joke with. Eating meals alone bored her. She finally admitted to herself that she missed an occasional gossip. Tonight, it stung sharply so that’s why she went out to watch the moon.

The Copernicus crater, visible on the surface, gave the moon a resemblance to a large eye. Maribel chuckled at the thought. She remembered an old song about someone being watched and hummed the tune.

Then the moon eye blinked. Maribel stopped humming and gaped, wondering if her mind tricked her. She stared hard.

After a few long moments, it blinked again. Its surface changed from silver to a sickly yellow. The air around Maribel warmed quickly and the inky sky became blood. She climbed to her feet and paused. Fire raged around her, leaving her nowhere to run.

Maribel awoke shaking and drenched in sweat. Beside her in bed, her husband touched her shoulder lightly.

“Are you okay?” he asked.

“A premonition.”

“Want to tell me about it?”

“We’re going to die.” Maribel buried her head in his chest hair and wept.

Fiction © Copyright Kim Richards
Image courtesy of Rie Sheridan Rose.


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3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kim Richards @Kim_Richards @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Love this ending… it hits full impact!

  2. afstewart says:

    A terrific story.

  3. Great atmosphere in this piece

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