Thursday threads time!!! This week . . . . . . . . . find a warm body. . . . . This is what I have come up with. For more tales, visit Siobhan Muir over at The Weird, the Wild and the Wicked.
The Balance of Nature
“Are you sure about this?” Greg asked, trudging after Tess through the cemetery carrying a shovel and a bulky rucksack. “There are rules and you’re upsetting the balance of nature.”
“Yes,” Tess hissed. She’d had enough of Greg trying to talk her out of her plan, trying to get her to talk about her sister’s death. Who wants to talk about the most painful experience of your life where your sister was flung through a car windscreen?
Since finding the book buried amongst a sack of musty clothes in the charity shop, Tess had been consumed with the idea of being able to bring her sister back. And after three months, she had tracked down all but one of the ingredients.
Placing everything on the damp grass, Tess checked off her list as Greg dug; he felt he owed Tess something; he was driving the car, braking sharply to avoid a dog and Lisa wasn’t buckled up.
He finished digging and sat swigging a beer as he watched Tess finish her potion. He picked up the fragile book, written in a swirly script, making it difficult to read especially in the dim candle light under a moonless sky.
“Tess?” He watched as she toyed with a knife against the palm of her hand. “It says-”
“I need to find a warm body; I know,” she whispered as he slumped into the hole, the knife buried deep in his chest. “And you’ll do nicely . . . . . . . . Balancing nature . . . . You for my sister.”
Wow!!!! Tess is a sly one. You always catch me out with your unexpected endings. I can sympathise with her. Sisters have a tie together like nobody else. Love it Mrs. Koch xxxReplyDelete
I totally agree about sisters. It is special. I like to surprise and keep you on your toes Mrs Fuller. xxxxDelete
I totally did not expect that ending and I love your opening sentence!ReplyDelete
Hee hee. Thanks! I've just gone back and read the opener. It does set the scene rather well. xxxDelete
Oh Lizzie, your writing oozes darkness. Thanks for posting the link :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for requesting the link Lesley. Means so much when someone asks to read your work. I'm glad you liked too. xxxDelete
Loved this... I was intrigued from the start & didnt want it to end so quickly heehee Well done x xReplyDelete