The celestial body was at its apex and Moriah knew it was time. Turning from the water, she placed her sacrifice on the ground and began to chant. The moon shone on the water behind her and as Moriah recited the ancient words, a figure rose from the depths.
A heart, withered and scorched
Beats failing and weak
Floundering for air it lurches
Along this fated journey
This dusty path
To a shore that no longer
Houses the traveler
The stress was finally getting to me and the fatigue of not sleeping night after night was just too much. Dropping down onto the soiled couch, I put my arm under my head and allowed my eyelids to close. I fell into an immediate deep sleep.
A sound woke me. I don’t know how long it’d been. My eyes flew open and my body froze, listening intently. They had found me. I rolled silently off the couch and crawled to the edge. I could see the nose of a rifle just peeking around the door frame.
The land was flat below us as we rounded the curve of the mountain road. Cresting a small rise, there was the valley strewn out in front of our car. This is where we would begin our new life. This place was where all our dreams would come true. As long as we could forget the old ones, that is. They were gone.
High society was not a thing to be messed around with. The wrong word from the right mouth could tear you down in a heartbeat. Sarah knew what she was doing and dressed with care. Placing the feathers in her hair just so and the pearls on her neck at just the right length, she was ready for the throng.
When I was growing up, there was never a lot of money to go around. When you’re young, it doesn’t really matter to you. You have food to eat and clothes to wear and nothing really bothers you. It’s when you get older and need things that cost money that it occurs to you that your family doesn’t have any.
What we short on funding, we made up with love. There was never a shortage of love around our house.
“So you had a good time. He paid for everything. You like him. What’s the problem?”
“Well, I….. I don’t wanna tell you. You’ll think me an ass.”
“I already think you’re an ass, Theresa.”
“True.” She thought for a moment. “Ok. He’s a salesman.”
“We have to shut the systems down, NOW!” Harvey screamed as he ran towards the front of the assembly line.
“What? Why?” The foreman questioned him, not wanting to stop production if it wasn’t necessary.
“Tom’s coat is stuck in the belt!”
Just then, a blood chilling scream was heard from the back of the warehouse.
She sighed her frustration.
“Yes. A. Baby.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, Todd. I’m sure. I think I would know.”
“What if there are multiples?”
“I’m sure there will be.”
“Will she be ok?” The concern in his voice stopped her from making a snide comment.
“Yes, Todd. She’s a dog, they have babies all the time and she will be fine.”
Protecting her bare skin from the cool night air, Aaron draped his jacket over Holly’s shoulders.
She looked up and smiled vaguely at him as they walked on the boardwalk.
“You gonna tell me what’s on your mind?” He asked gently.
“No.” She said quietly. “I don’t even want to know what’s on my mind, Aaron. Why would I burden you with it as well?”
His mouth opened and closed like a fish gasping for air. His skin felt hot and his pants suddenly felt too tight around his stomach. He couldn’t speak as the foam in his lungs gathered in his mouth and blocked his airways.
As his vision began to blur and go dark, he struggle to question.
Anna walked into the kitchen and instantly knew she had interrupted something. Being a low-level servant was never fun, but when you walked in on something you shouldn’t be hearing, it could mean losing your job.
Maggie, the head house maid, scowled at Anna and barked at her.
“Go sweep the courtyard!”
Throwing a finger into the air in the direction of the courtyard as if Anna was a dullard and didn’t know where it was, Maggie glared at her until she left the room.
As she walked out, Anna was sure she heard the name of Lady Jane mentioned in undertones.
I was the master of my domain. I was in charge of all the lands that lay out before me. I strode to the top of the hill to get a better look. The birds soared around the hill as if paying homage to their new king. I took a deep breath and nearly choked.
“Frank!” A voice yelled up at me.
“Hey Frank, get the hell off of there! We need to doze it.”
I grabbed my hard hat and surfed down the rubbish heap on a cardboard box.
In the shadows of twilight, a promise floats on the breeze.
In the movement of love, a happiness follows behind
Swirling around and around, the joy trails in happy flight
And takes wing to fly with stars into the dark night.
“I simply MUST have this!” Kara swung around, the yellow skirt of the sundress swirling around her legs. She beamed.
“We can’t, Kara. You know we can’t.” Matt said it quietly and darted his eyes around to make sure no one could hear them.
“I didn’t say I was going to BUY it.” Kara winked and headed toward the dressing room. Emerging a few minutes later, she headed for the door.
Matt started after her and looked back at the empty hanger in the changing room.
Maggie put her bookbag on the table and walked toward the back of the library. She had to get her report on interpersonal communication started.
Walking to the reference section, she heard scuffling and what she thought was voices. Creeping quietly, she peered around the corner of the last row. Her eyes widened and she was frozen where she stood.
A tiny, blue, baby dragon peeked up at her from under a pile of books.
Mark screamed like a bitch and threw his arms around in the air.
Dan, frozen by the female screeching of his very male friend, stared with wide eyes as Mark flailed around and finally fell on the floor.
“Mark?” Dan finally managed to say. “Are you alright?”
“Fucking SPIDER!” Mark yelled with his face in the rug.
“Well,” Dan said, resuming his lunch, “that was an experience.”
I didn’t stop to think about it. I knelt and bowed my head. The habit fell forward, shrouding my face from the observance of others. I closed my eyes, waiting for the words of commitment to be spoken. Those who sought my downfall would never find me in service to the lord.
I placed the vase on the table and gently arranged the flowers within to look their best. Tulips were Mary’s favorite and I couldn’t wait for her to arrive home and see them. She was due any minute.
Heading into the kitchen, I checked the roast in the oven and put wine glasses on the table. There was a knock at the door. Frowning, I opened the door to see two police officers on the stoop.
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