FOOD IS READY

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: The Imaginarium


Lizzie reluctantly accepts an invite to the Hen-night of a work colleague, where she meets a handsome stranger, but...

Submitted: November 03, 2017

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IMAGINARIUM PICTURE PROMPT 31

FOOD IS SERVED

 

“No thanks, I’ve had enough.” Lizzy placed her palm across the top of her wine glass.

“Don’t be a party pooper,” Kim slurred, adjusting her tiara and splashing wine everywhere in a drunken stupor.

Music blared, the heat stifling, the atmosphere damp and sweaty. Lizzy watched as the party goers stumbled around on the dancefloor barely capable of standing, let alone dancing.

“Come on Lizzy, let your hair down for once. It’s my hen-do.” Kim grabbed her hand and pulled her towards her bridesmaids-to-be, dressed in barely-there dresses, identity slogans pinned to their backs…  ‘Faye-likes-fifty-shades-of-grey,’ ‘Macie-is-free-and-easy,’ Lola-is-a-goer,’ and ‘Maeve-the-rave.’ Like flies around the proverbial, their outrageous outfits and behaviour attracted a swarm of lascivious, drooling, drunken males who believed it was their lucky night.

Lizzy felt like a fish out of water, and wondered why on earth she had allowed herself to be talked into an attending an event she knew would be out of her comfort zone. She was fond of Kim, they had worked together for five years and had become good friends, so had not wanted to offend her.

“Lizzie, lighten up,” Maeve-the-rave yelled in her ear. “Watch me,” she encouraged, putting on a display of overt sexual simulation.

“You look uncomfortable.” She spun round to find a pair of amazing blue eyes regarding her, a glint of amusement shone in their depths. “Not my scene either, want to go and sit somewhere quieter.”

Glad of an excuse, she followed him into a quiet area equipped with low tables and squashy leather chairs. “Can I get you a drink?”

“I’d love a coffee.” Lizzie flopped into one of the chairs.

She discovered his name was Todd, that he too had been a reluctant participant of a stag-do. He told her he was single, worked as a stock broker in the city, where he had an apartment. She found his company easy, and his deep blue eyes mesmerising and, when he suggested they take some fresh air, in her eagerness to escape the cloying atmosphere, she didn’t hesitate. She didn’t even think to tell her friends she was leaving and, like a sheep, followed his tall, toned form out into the still, star-lit night.

Todd turned to her. “It’s such a beautiful, magical evening, shall we take a stroll?”

She fell into step beside him. He placed his arm around her shoulder, and it seemed so natural to allow her arm slip around his waist. Oblivious to time, they walked along the deserted road in the starlight, their shadows reflected on the surface. Lizzie blinked, was she seeing things?

“Todd, what’s happening?” she asked, her voice raised in panic. “Look, at the stars.”

“Yeah, awesome aren’t they.”

“But they’ve changed, can’t you see it?”

He looked up into the sky. “Err, nope, they look just the same to me.”

Lizzie felt panic rise inside her. The stars had turned into huge, glowing spheres, filling the night sky with strobes of eerie fluorescent light.

“Todd I’m scared I want to go back.” She looked up into his handsome face and recoiled in horror.

His skin was covered in thick, grey scales, his eyes had turned into two huge flaming pools of light and his cavernous jaws were filled with vicious, long green fangs, from which saliva hung in thick slimy ropes.  

She wanted to scream and run, but her body remained rooted to the spot. Two scaly arms with clawed hands reached out and scooped her up. She was being propelled at a rapid pace towards a bright light and then up into some sort of craft.

The last words she heard were… “Food is ready.”

 

 

 


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