Thursday, 12 October 2017

#OctoberFrights: After Death



Welcome to Day Three of the October Frights Blog Hop.


Today I have two flash fiction stories about death, and the consequences about lingering beyond your allotted time. Enjoy...




Leftover

I died yesterday.
A heart attack, I think. I remember a pain in my chest, down my arm, and not much else. I saw a flash of a hospital, maybe an operating room, and a voice saying, “time of death, 11:04 AM”.
That’s when I woke up here.
In my own bed.
Yet… it’s not the same place.
It is so silent here, a vast empty nothing of stillness. And I have no voice. I can’t talk, I can’t cry, I can’t even scream. The world around me is painted in shades of grey, a shrouded space of perpetual twilight. The air is cold and heavy, and it feels like it’s pressing on me.
I can see the other world, the world of the living I suppose, like watching through dirty glass. I can see my husband crying when he’s alone. I think I can reach out and touch him. I know I can, I can feel it. I want to reach out… I need to reach out…
He’s right there.
Waiting.
I need to feed.
I’m so, so hungry.

~*~




  
Eternal

Death hates me.
Why else would I still be here? Waiting.
When I’m finally ready.
Perhaps it’s my own fault, a taste of my own feckless behavior. So many times I smiled at him, made him wait for me, promised I would come to him. Then I slipped by him with a smile, another deal for more years, another life stolen to prolong mine.
How many millennia did I cheat him of what I owed?
I lost count. I’d wager he knows.
I thought forever would never get stale.
I had such hubris.
Youth and beauty for eternity, laughing at Death as he chased me.
Always winning.
Always laughing.
Until it stopped being amusing.
I thought the game would last.
I thought he loved me.
Until he refused to play anymore.
Now I am alone.
Waiting for Death.
Why won’t he come for me?



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6 comments:

Debbie Christiana said...


Two more terrifically creepy stories!!!

A. F. Stewart said...

Thanks, Debbie.

Patricia Lynne said...

The first one had a twisted ending. I like it!

A. F. Stewart said...

I am fond of the twisty endings, thanks.

Melanie McFarlane Books said...

I also love the twisty ending.

Melanie McFarlane Books said...

I also love the twisty ending.

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