With everything that’s going on in the world, it can be tough as hell to focus on much else other than what’s directly in front of us, and what may be looking over head and around us with no foreseeable end in sight.
In an effort to offer something of a distraction, even for just a few minutes, I’ve decided to post a few short stories of my own. I’ve noticed other authors offering their stories and books for free and I love the idea. While I may not be as known as my favourite authors, I hope you enjoy my offerings and derive a bit of distracted amusement out of them.
This first one is a drabble, defined as a complete story told in exactly one hundred words. I was inspired to write it after reading the collection of drabbles 100 Word Horrors Book 4: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles edited by Kevin Kennedy, which I reviewed in this month’s issue of Rue Morgue Magazine. Since this was the last book planned in the series, I couldn’t submit it to Kevin’s next collection so I’m posting it here instead.
by Rick Hipson
She walked from the bathroom and flicked off the light. She stopped, flicked it back on.
“Sorry,” she said. “Habit.”
“No problem,” the deep voice replied as he stood in the shower.
She froze, gasped, turned the light off again. She began to shiver. This wasn’t right.
Her husband glowed in the darkness.
Dripping, he stepped from the shower to greet his wife.
“Let me tell you about my dream last night,” he said.
He gazed into her eyes, her soul. Arms around his wife, he embraced her into oblivion.
She swallowed the scream which burned in his heart forevermore.
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