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This week, I offer you eight sentences of something brand-new. “A Splash of Red”, is a surreal fantasy story, the child of my own life and my dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license…
More on the story after the snippet.
A Smaller Echo
The hawk wheels in the hopeful sky, vivid with sharp menace, feathers brighter than the changing leaves.
The little girl circles me in a smaller echo of the great bird’s motion, its shadow covering her as it spirals, down and down and down again –
“I can protect myself!” She spits her words into the frost-silvered air, and her words cut deeper than the gust of wind that rattles the dry leaves. Her chin and eyes are fierce, even though she shivers in her thin red dress.
“You fell out of a tree,” I say, but my voice shivers, too.
Above us, the hawk shrieks, and, in it, I hear my father’s voice – our father’s voice. My turn to shudder, huddle into my thick Irish cloak, as though it’s armor enough, as though there can ever be armor enough…
Armor enough for what?
Who are these people, and what is the danger here?
Why is the little girl only wearing a thin red dress?
How did she fall out of a tree?
Come on back next week to find out more!
Did you like what you read? “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review, which is edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.
That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer! And, incidentally, my story “Monday Morning Coffee” appears in World Unknown Review, Volume II, available now by clicking the link! =)