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Coffin Hop 2013 ~ Blink

Blink

I cower in the corner trying not to hear the scuttling sounds from the attic. The scratching of tiny claws, the beating of miniscule feet, the giggling of inhuman laughter – it’s maddening! I don’t know how much more of this I can take. Frozen in terror, I’m not sure I have the will to force my body to move. I shift slightly as my left calf begins to cramp. Silence – the noises from above have stopped. Did they hear me? I should run; this may be my only chance!

Gathering my wit’s about me, I lean forward placing one hand on the floor in front of me. Still nothing from above. Bolder now, I place the other hand on the floor and shift my weight. The damn wood betrays me as the old boards squeal. I freeze in mid crouch listening for signs of movement from above.  All remains quiet.

My crawl from the corner is agonizingly slow. What in reality takes only a few seconds, feels like an eternity to my pounding heart. I’ve made it to the center of the room. Pausing for a moment, I glance up toward the hatch that separates the attic from the bedroom.

My lungs sucking for breath, my body shaking uncontrollably – I’m ashamed to admit I wet myself. The corner of the hatch is ajar; two sets of blinking eyes stare down at me in silence. Then a fifth eye blinks open, quickly followed by its accompanying sixth. As I watch, a multitude of tiny gleaming orbs struggle to see through the slight gap. I stare in horror as the hatch lifts further to allow more of the beings a view of what’s below.

The hatch now completely open, the small creatures stare at me from every available space. I begin to wonder if they are harmful or not. One of them speaks, I cannot discern if it is meant for me, so I continue to look upward mutely.  A muffled reply sounds from farther back in the open space above. The first, turning its head, speaks again. This seems to excite those gathered around the hatch. They began to fidget; bouncing and bumping into one another. The one that was speaking turns and looks down at me. This time it makes no pretense of hiding its wickedly-long, slender teeth – teeth clearly intended to rip meat from bone.

© Copyright 2013 Nina D’Arcangela. All Rights Reserved.


Coffin Hop Goodies!

How do you get them? Comment on my Coffin Hop 2013 posts on this blog – I’m posting something new each day, so keep coming back for more chances to win. When will they be announced? When the hop ends (after October 31st). What are they going to be? A surprise! I like surprises, don’t you? ;}

Don’t forget to visit my other two blogs that are participating:
Spreading the Writer’s Word
The Road to Nowhere…

and the Sirens Call Publications blog:
The Sirens Song

plus the blog for the writing group I belong to:
Pen of the Damned

and all the other amazing hoppers on the Coffin Hop list!


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Coffin Hop 2013 ~ Devotion

Devotion

Wrapping my arms about you, your long locks caressing my face in the gentle gust. I reach up and stroke your hair back into place. I smile down at you, your clear blue eyes taking on an aquamarine glimmer in the brilliant rays of the sun. Leaning forward, I place a gentle kiss upon your full lips. They’re frigid beyond belief, not with lack of desire, but from the coolness of the autumn season. Wrapping the blankets tighter around you, I cuddle in closer, hoping to share my own warmth with you. You are all that matters to me. Was that the twitch of a smile I see? I laugh with joy as I hold you closer, trying to warm your cold body. I talk of plans we have for our future together, delight in allowing my mind to wander to the exotic destinations we’ll travel to as I describe them, knowing an eternity awaits us. My head upon your breast, I speak of such things for hours.

Looking up into your eyes once more, I see peace and tranquility there. I see my future reflected in those beautiful glistening orbs. Again, I arrange your wind-mussed-hair, make perfect your countenance, for you are perfect, and I’ll see you no other way. As I run my fingers through your luxurious blonde mane, my thumb brushes your cheek rougher than I would like. The smudge of your makeup reveals a bruise upon your creamy flesh. I kiss your cheek, I apologize profusely for hurting you. More makeup smears as my lips move over your skin. My brow creases as I look upon you again. Something is not quite right. Lifting myself to one elbow, I stare into your face… I begin to scream.

***

“Damn, man! Why do they keep letting her do this to herself? It seems cruel, if you ask me.”

“The Doc says it’s a form of therapy. She can’t come to grips with what she’s done. He thinks bringing her here and letting her lay on the grave might save her. More likely to break her for good, if you ask me.”

“I don’t know, man, it seems twisted. I know she was convicted on an insanity plea, but is this any less fucking sick than keeping your dead girlfriend propped up like some frigging Jenny doll in your bedroom?” He snuffed out his cigarette, “I mean, damn. Look at her. It’s like she’s really holding the dead chick the way she cups her arms… and the talkin’, it’s like she’s really talkin’ to somebody. Then the screams, man – I hear those fucking screams in my sleep every night. Why make her relive it over and over again. I think the Doc gets off on letting her dress up and do this. Why doesn’t he just give her some of those anti-psychotic pills everyone else gets? It’s been like five months now, right bro?”

“Shit, man. Don’t ask me – I just work here. There she goes, running toward the street again. I’ll get her this time, you just have the restraints ready.”

© Copyright 2013 Nina D’Arcangela. All Rights Reserved.


Coffin Hop Goodies!

How do you get them? Comment on my Coffin Hop 2013 posts on this blog – I’m posting something new each day, so keep coming back for more chances to win. When will they be announced? When the hop ends (after October 31st). What are they going to be? A surprise! I like surprises, don’t you? ;}

Don’t forget to visit my other two blogs that are participating:
Spreading the Writer’s Word
The Road to Nowhere…

and the Sirens Call Publications blog:
The Sirens Song

plus the blog for the writing group I belong to:
Pen of the Damned

and all the other amazing hoppers on the Coffin Hop list!



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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