This round of the Blog Challenge has arrived.
Amanda has challenged us to write a story using three little words. No, not those three little words…. These three little words:
Honesty. Hatred. Bed.
After some percolating and consideration, here is what my brain popped out, I hope you enjoy:
Honesty tasted like ashes on her tongue as she stared at the broken bed. Hatred swirled deep in her heart as she kicked at the remains of their love nest. It seemed like only that morning she had held her lover in her arms, kissing every wrinkle and freckle she could find. Instead, it was another lifetime, an eon ago.
“Til death do us part, right? Seems Death got jealous.”
She kicked another charred chunk of wood and twisted metal for good measure. Tendrils of smoke still curled up from the debris on the ground as a slight breeze teased and tugged at the ashes and half-burned papers strewn about.
“You tried to warn her. You did what you could.”
Fingertips pressed firmly against her shoulder, urging her to turn and walk away. She couldn’t though, not yet. There were no words left to say, but oh were there feelings to feel and pain to feel. She let herself feel all of it, think all of it, but all she heard was the silence and the rustling of what remained of their home. All she felt was the twisting pain eating her heart bit by painful bit.
“You had to tell her the truth. The truth is what sets us free.”
She clenched her teeth, willing herself to hold it all in. She already felt too much. She had already said too much. If this was being set free, she wished someone would cram her back into her cage and turn back the clocks.
“We must leave. Now. Before they return.”
She nodded numbly, this time letting those firm fingertips on her shoulder guide her away from the remnants of everything she had lost.
“They will not understand. Truth is not in their language. Only fear and pain.”
She could only shrug. If the language of the Others was pain and fear then maybe she would understand them at last. She felt enough pain to fill the entirety of the Galactic Void. Fear, that was harder. She did not feel it, she was beyond any tendrils of fear that may have once hoped to grab hold of her.
A soft whirring filled the air, the only warning the Others were approaching. Bracing herself for a fight, she nearly fell face forward when he pulled her after him through a crack in the wall.
“Fool, they will eat you like they did her. Honor her and live.”
She could only growl her frustration at him as she felt the walls around them shudder and groan at the approach of the Others. She knew Them, she had seen Them up close and personal. She felt no fear, only hatred. Her only desire was to rip their mandibled heads from their lanky, insectoid bodies. To rip their wings to shreds and dance on their twitching corpses. She could almost feel the viscous green gel that passed for blood of the Others dripping from her fingers.
“Get it together. We need to move.”
His whisper was harsh against her ears. He was right, she knew, still, she held her ground, one hand pressed against the wall beside the crack they had slipped through.
“There are too many for you to play hero.”
Grunting, she nodded and followed him out, promising to someday repay them for all they had given her. Pain for pain, loss for loss. Bodies for bodies. She would never forget.
“We will never forget. They will pay.”
She followed him between the rotting slats of their old home, replaying the last moments of her love before the incineration fuse had run out.
She had tried to warn her, had told her the truth about the Others. Had begged her to run while they still could. But nothing would move her love. Nothing. Not even when she had shown her love the truth. Not even telling her she was an Other.
She had removed the flesh suit and showed her spindly legs and faceted eyes, but still, her love begged her to stay. To let the lie stay.
The truth will set you free, but a lie would have let her live.
I hope you enjoyed. Feel free to leave me a note in the comments.
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