The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Suzanne Madron @suzannemadron @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

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Tequila Sunrise 
by Suzanne Madron 

.The burnoff cloud on the horizon was getting closer. It would have been beautiful if he didn’t understand what it meant. Ignorance would have been bliss in this one instance, to be able to enjoy the swirl of colors reaching and grasping across the sky like a daytime Borealis.

Staring at the damned thing was starting to hurt his head, he realized, like trying to discuern a picture from a 3D puzzle, but much worse. The burnoff cloud moved with sentience, incinerating everything in its path. He was quite literally watching the world burn.

He checked his watch. It was an old analog wind-up. No batteries to melt or die. He wiped his sweat from the cracked face and noted the cloudy date and time.

By his calculation, he had been running from the end of the world for three days. Today, he had reached the end. He climbed the last cliff to the last surviving tree and sat in its meager shade.

He opened his pack and removed the bottle of tequila. He had saved it for a special occasion. If the end of the world wasn’t a special occasion, he didn’t know what was. He began to drink, chugging the alcohol as best he could as he felt his eyelashes curling. The skin of his face felt tight, too tight, still blistered from the other times he had gotten too close or had moved too slow.

Below him, the ocean steamed as the burnoff cloud swirled in the sky above it. Behind him was charred and blackened earth, scorched from where it all began.

He continued to drink, staring up at the sky at the swirling cloud, and watched the world burn.


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More from Suzanne Madron:

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2 Responses to The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Suzanne Madron @suzannemadron @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. That might be one of the scariest things I have ever read! A great concept coming from a picture most would see as calming/ blissful.

  2. So well written and totally terrifying

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