The challenge is back. Huge thanks to the organisers and pariticipants. A visit HERE will give access to a range of talented (so very talented) and different takes on the theme. I do hope you will visit others and applaud them.
Just for a change (not) I am out of my comfort zone. I can't watch horror (which these days includes the news). I rarely read it. Just the same there are undeniably some dark corners in my mind.
I watch over you, and
will even give advice from time to time, but I am not an angel of any
description. Protecting you seems condescending to me. Your life,
your decisions, your outcomes...
If you go down
to the woods today, the sky will be blue and the air will be soft and perfumed
with flowers but you must never step off the path.
are green, and filled with bird song so long as you stay on the path.
warm. You kick off your shoes and walk on the lush green grass remembering
not to stray from the path.
irrelevant today. You follow the path in the here and now, absorbing the
sun, the song, the peace. The sunshine on your face and arms is
balm. You walk taller and lighter with your head held high and
wearing a contented smile.
ambles over an old stone bridge. You laugh with the babbling brook below
and delight in the silvery fish dancing in the crystal clear water.
As you leave
the bridge and the brook there are fruit trees so very close to
are laden. You don't recognise the fruit, but is golden, plump and
obviously delectably ripe. Your mouth waters. You long to sink your
teeth into that juicy perfection, but it isn't quite close enough and you
must not leave the path.
greedy hands for it. You jump for it. You fail. You jump and
stretch again. You look around and see no-one. You look again.
You take a
step. And another. A piece of that luscious fruit falls into your
incredible. It is velvety, sun-warmed and heavy in your
hands. You take a bite, and it explodes in your mouth.
The juice spatters your hands and your face. It fills your mouth and
coats your tongue.
The taste and the smell are beyond incredible.
is filled with the taste of undercooked offal coated in caramel, of resentment,
of dashed dreams, guilt and bitter regrets. Sticky, nasty putrefaction.
Your nose is
swamped with odours of sick beds in closed rooms, unemptied bins, stale tobacco
and alcohol, and a rich marinade of cloying, clashing perfumes.
you helplessly vomit, you weep, you moan. Your hands and
mouth burn as you stagger back to the path.
back over the bridge where the brook laughs at you.
you run. Birds swoop ominously overhead as the skies darken. That
velvety grass is replaced with gravel and glass. Your feet bleed.
the safety of home, rush inside and slam the door. You strip off your
blood and vomit stained clothing. You stand in the shower frantically
scrubbing till long after the water has run cold. Your hands and face
are blistered and oozing.
your hands, your face, your mouth, teeth and tongue till they bleed. You
scrub some more. Rot and decay still fill your mouth and nostrils.
you not to leave the path.
Full Critique Acceptable.
We have a house guest and my time on the computer will be limited for the next few days so I am unlikely to be as quick to read other entries as usual. Just the same I WILL get there, and am looking forward to it.