A brief but brutal spasm of pain shoots through her head followed by the gut wrenching memory of the last seeing. It draws her to her knees. The peace and serenity of the past now forever tainted. A flash through time, her mind reels; his eyes peer back into hers, the chalice is thrown, the fluid within betrays her trust. A warning forgotten, perhaps dismissed, arrogance assures her safety in this hallowed realm. Never has she been so wrong.
As she watches, the assailant approaches his target in the dark abandoned lot. A struggle ensues, but ends in a mere blink; the violence feeds her hunger, holds her in its thrall. She misjudges; allows the corridor to widen, permits him to see her watching. For a brief moment, the portal opens on both sides. She sits stunned as he jabs the narrow pig sticker through the wavering fluid and into her left eye.
Now, when it is a seeing night, she seeks only the most remorseful; souls in need of comfort and caring, not the heart-pounding excitement of an outcome unknown. Now, when it is a seeing night, she sees with only one eye – the other forever clouded and dead to the world. Knowing better, she no longer reaches for the vials containing drops of venom. Having learned her lesson well, the wasps’ sting will forever be with her – but always more so on a seeing night.
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April 22nd, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Reblogged this on Kevin Holton and commented:
Another brutal, beautiful short from Ms. D’Arcangela.
April 25th, 2014 at 8:47 pm
Thank you, Kevin! 🙂
April 22nd, 2014 at 3:12 pm
Once again totally engaging.
April 28th, 2014 at 7:51 pm
Thank you!! I’m very happy you enjoyed it! :]
April 22nd, 2014 at 3:49 pm
Yet another little peek into another world
April 28th, 2014 at 7:53 pm
Just a small peek… you have to save something for later. This is actually a diverted ending to a much longer piece I’m working on that began with the first ‘seeing’ post.
April 24th, 2014 at 10:24 am
Absolutely mesmerizing! It’s amazing that you have the ability to draw a reader in by the means of scarce, effortless prose. Just a few paragraphs and yet, as readers have mentioned on numerous past posts of yours, a new world is opened. I bow to you, Dark Angel 🙂
April 28th, 2014 at 7:56 pm
lol – bow away, I won’t stop you! ;] Thank you, Joe! I really do enjoy short prose. Successfully packing an entire bubble world into a few paragraphs or few hundred words is very satisfying. As always, thank you for the extremely kind words, and support! It is graciously and greedily appreciated! :}