Fear flicks the ridge of my spine.
It was nothing. A streak of sunset. An autumn leaf drifting through the twilight. Nothing. Just a tawny flash caught from the corner of my eye. Nothing.
Say it often enough, maybe it’ll be true.
“It’s not my time.” The words hiss between my teeth followed by an immediate stab of regret. Acknowledging it makes it real. Makes it possible.
And I don’t believe in curses.
Laughter in the breeze, a tinge of mockery. I’m coming. The words sound in my head, clear as though they’d been spoken out loud. I spin round. Sweat breaks out, clammy on my skin. A scream bubbled up in my throat, choked down.
I reach for my phone, then freeze, pinioned by memory. Aunt Cass called me, the night she died. I can still hear the panic streaking her voice, the rapid blur of her words. “She’s coming! She’s coming Brady.”
But Aunt Cass was delusional. On a secure ward, surrounded by eyes and ears. Hard to believe she still found a way to hang herself, even there.
She’s coming Brady.
Aunt Cass was delusional, like Nan. Strong genetic link, so they say. Runs in families. But not me, I’m fine. Aren't I?
She’s coming Brady.
Something touches my back and again I turn, jerking like a marionette. Nothing, no one. The night sky is darkening now. I don’t know why I’m still standing outside, coatless, feeling the chill. Feeling afraid. It’s just… the open door looks dark now. I’m sure I left the light on inside, I’m sure I did. But it’s dark.
I take a step towards it.
I hear a laugh.
Behind me. To the right of me. Someone moving, circling.
“Who’s there?” It sounds a shrill squeak in the thick night. A cruel prank, it has to be. Someone that knows the family legend, the story of the curse.
The voice echoes in my ear and I hit out, my fist closing on nothing but empty air. I don’t believe in ghosts. I don’t believe in goddesses. I don’t believe in curses that barter firstborn daughters away.
Aunt Cass believed in it, that’s why they locked her away. It wasn’t the Morrigan that took her, it was psychiatrists and ECT and locked wards and orderlies. The nonsense Nana had filled her head with, the talk of the curse… it was enough to drive anyone mad.
Show me the evidence.
The thought steadies me. Taking a deep breath, I walk in slow, dragging steps to the front door. Safe.
Reaching the front step I pause, relief flooding me. Home, safe. It will be fine now, always would have been.
Apart from the flash of red there is nothing. Just superstition and groundless fears, as insubstantial as smoke.
Just as well then, I don’t look back.
To see the face of the Morrigan staring back at me.
This challenge will run over 3 days:-
· Monday 4th June
· Wednesday 6th June
· Friday 8th June
So, the RULES:
o You will roll a die – THREE TIMES
o Each number you roll will give you a PROMPT (Which can be found HERE)
o You will post a piece (between 250 and 750 words) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
"A red haired vixen is trying to kill you. Deal with it."