Monthly Archives: November 2012

Plunging

Plunging, scooping, the sound of dirt sliding off each shovel with a shoosh as its tossed to the side. Another plunge, another scoop, more shoosh – the pile grows larger, the hole surrounding their boots grows deeper, the men grow more weary. The scent of dry dirt giving way to the earthier aroma of moist, dark soil.

Removing his cap and scratching his head, he asks, “‘Ere, guv, don’t you think this looks more than a bit odd?”

The other spits, digs, then replies, “Blood well is, son.”

Digging deeper, the dirt turning firmer, becoming more dense. Each shovel still plunging, a foot braced on the back lending force to the spade as it slides into hardened ground. Loose dirt scooped upon the belly of the trowel tossed above, to the side with a shoosh as it slips off the metal edge – the hole growing with each effort.

Removing his cap and wiping sweat from his brow, he says “Take a butcher’s. Tell me that ain’t too wide.”

The other spits, digs, then replies, “Blood well is, son.”

Tree roots tangle and snag, yet dig further they are told, so they do. No longer plunging, only scraping a hardened surface painted putrid with residue – ground now removed, the scent is strong, almost fetid, a pungent odor.

Removing his cap and squinting in the dim light, he says, “Weird innit? Strange that there ain’t nothin’ but wooden planks, eh, guv?”

The other spits, swings, then replies, “Blood well is, son.”

Hefting the crimson coated shovel over his shoulder, he glances at the body lying near his feet, takes in the breadth of the pit they’ve dug, then turns to the man standing above.

The other spits, stares, then says, “Ain’t fill in’ ‘er in.”

One pistol shot fired. “No, I believe not.”

~~~

This piece of flash fiction was featured in The Sirens Call eZine, issue 05. Given one photograph, both Kalla and I wrote a 300 word flash piece inspired by that image alone. Thanks to my warm blankie for the spit shine!

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Coffin Hop 2012 Goodies!

The goods man, gimme the goods!

Okay guys, I promised a prize per day, plus I’ve got an overall prize… and since I’m on the East Coast of the US, and didn’t get to celebrate Halloween, I’ve got two bonus prizes, one for a Trickster & one for a Treater! Every comment received one entry, and to keep it fair, once your name was selected, all other entries with it were withdrawn. Here goes…

Moondustwriter 
an e-book copy of Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed
+ a copy of The Sirens Call eZine issue 5

Eric Tolles
an e-book copy of  Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity
+ a copy of The Sirens Call eZine issue 4

Alex Chase
an e-book copy of  Now I Lay Me Down to Reap
+ a copy of The Sirens Call eZine issue 3

Joseph A. Pinto 
an e-book copy of Carnage: After the End Volume 1
+ a copy of The Sirens Call eZine issue 2

Matt Williams 
an e-book copy of Carnage: After the End Volume 2
+ a copy of The Sirens Call eZine issue 1

Jason Darrick
an eZine Gift Pack of The Sirens Call issues 1-5

James Garcia
an eZine Gift Pack of The Sirens Call issues 1-5

Heather Powers
an unending subscription to The Sirens Call eZine

The overall goodie box goes to Aniko
Included in the box is a print copy of
Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed,
Twisted Realities:Of Myth and Monstrosity,
& Now I lay Me Down To Reap,
and two Rubber Duckies!
+ an eZine Gift Pack of The Sirens Call issues 1-5

The Trickster goodie goes to John the Aussie
an eZine Gift Pack of The Sirens Call issues 1-5

And the Treater goodie goes to Kim Koning
an eZine Gift Pack of The Sirens Call issues 1-5

Plus I had one more ‘lil goodie to give away to the first person to point out the not-so-hidden extra in my posts! Only one person noticed (ahem) but failed to comment on it. So the first person to comment on this post – who also commented during the hop on at least one of the other CH posts – with the correct answer (ahem, ahem, ahem – sorry had an Itch in my throat) by Midnight on Saturday, Nov 3rd, will win a secret ninja bonus prize!

BTW – I don’t have an email address for everyone on this list, so if you see this before I hunt you down, please give me a shout at darc.nina@gmail.com – include “I freakin’ won!” in the subject line so I can pick your message out quickly, then jump up and down, wave your arms in the air and shout “ca-caw, ca-caw”… well, you don’t HAVE to do that last part (if you don’t want to), but the subject line heads-up would be appreciated.  ;}

Thanks to everyone who was kind enough to stop by and say hello during the madness! And for all the wonderful talent, and wacky fun you guys put out there for the rest of us to enjoy!

~ Nina D.


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