Okay, so I managed Day 1 of the Blog Flash Challenge yesterday and Day 2 today, so now I am only *counts on fingers* four days behind. At least I can twist this prompt to my whim, as I’m not much of a warm and fuzzy story person.
I apparently have a fix on plague doctors lately. I did a bit of flash for the #Faerypin contest here, on a plague doctor.
If you enjoy this one, you might check that one out too.
DAY 2: A FURRY FRIEND
I press my hand against his brow. The pustules bubble up and break. His lips move in life’s pantomime, though the soul has fled. I close his eyes.
I mark the door with a scarlet ‘X’, a house of contagion, paint pooling on the sill like blood.
People move away, crossing themselves.
Once I arrive at the wharf, I pull from my cloak the seed of my vengeance. His red eyes glare into mine, reflecting the black mask.
“Go forth, my friend, and show them the way.”
The rat scampers up the chain and into the bowels of the ship.
7 thoughts on “Blog Flash 2012: A Furry Friend”
I like it!
Oh, Anna! Even your dark side is lovely! 🙂
Huzzah! Not that I should be cheering for the plaque, but the medieval heart in me is leaping. What a great twist! You can keep up the medieval trend if you wish, plague doctors and all. Love it.
I’m so glad your muse is being haunted by plague doctors! This is wonderfully dark and creepy, beautifully written and deliciously visceral.
So glad you posted this Anna! Love it!
>hoooooooooooo – you are back on form, lady!