#SwiftFicFriday – Week 29 Winner

#SwiftFicFriday – Week 29 Winner

Happy Monday!

Stacy Overby (@dontpanic2011) takes her fourth #SwiftFicFriday win!

Check out her story below and congratulate her on Twitter 🙂

The Kappa River

The screen door slammed, adding punctuation to his words, chasing her into the dark night. “You’re not happy no matter what I do!”

It’s what he always said when they got into a fight over stuff at home. “How many bloody times do I need to spell it out for him? It’s not like picking up his dirty clothes or putting the dishes in the empty dishwasher is that hard.”

The river murmured to her in the distance, a soft, rippling hum just at the edge of hearing. She made her way to the bank a couple hundred yards from the house. With a dark look back at the yellowish light from the back porch glowing like an eye out of the shadows, she made her way along the worn dirt trail that followed the bank downstream. Fantasies of escaping her miserable life danced through her imagination until tears slipped down her face in silence.

“Who goes there?” The tinny voice startled her out of her reverie.

“Who’s there?” she called out, her voice higher than normal.

“I asked first, missy.”

“My name is Emily.”

A shadow detached itself from the riverbank. “Emily, eh? I am glad you came.”

“Who are you?” Emily’s voice tightened and rose even further.

“You’ll make a fine meal.”

The shadow lunged at her. It was humanoid, but with a turtle-shell on its back and sickly green skin. Webbed hands grabbed her as water sloshed from its oddly shaped head. Emily screamed, but sharp teeth cut it short as hot, crimson blood spilled into the river in an offering to the denizens there that night.

Come back on Friday for the next prompt!

Winner - SO


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