The Only Way

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Cover: Pixabay.

The Only Way

Esme spun round as the kitchen door opened. “Shut it, Matt. Quickly or they’ll be all over the house and we’ll never be able to deal with them."

She turned back to the task in hand and swatted the flying creature with an egg slice. When it fell to the ground she bent over picked it up and tossed it to Helen. Matt stared in open-mouthed disgust as she placed it on a chopping board and began slicing it into tiny pieces.

What’s wrong with you, Hel? How can you calmly dissect a butterfly?”

These are no butterflies,” Helen said.

What are they then?”

Vicious, that’s what they are!” Esme showed her brother the cuts on her face and hands. “Find something to hit them with and come and give me a hand.”

Matt picked up a meat tenderiser and brandished it like a club. The first of the creatures he made contact with was barely stunned. It turned in the air and flew straight at his face, lips pulled back ready to bite.

At the last minute, an egg slice swatted through the air, missing his nose by an inch. “You need to put a bit more power into this, Matt. It would have chewed off your nose in seconds.”

Swinging the tenderiser whenever one of the creatures drew close, he managed to knock one to the floor, then two.

Helen called out. “You need to pick them up and fling them here, Matt.”

I don’t think I want to touch the things.” The boy kicked at one with his foot. “What are they? You’ve still not answered my question.”

Honestly,” Helen said, lifting the lid of the food processor lid and scraping the body parts from the chopping board into the jug. “We don’t really know. Demons? Dark fae? Whatever they are, there’s only one way to kill them.” She turned the machine to ‘on’ and Matt gaped at the liquefied mess.

You two are gross,” he said. “I don’t want any part of this.”

Well, too late. You’re here now. We can’t let any of them escape who who knows what they will bring when they return.

Can’t you just kill them and chuck them outside?” Matt shook his head in disbelief. “You don’t have to mash them up.”

Ah, but we do,” replied Esme. There were only a handful of the creatures left in the room. “I’ll deal with these and Helen can show you why.”

Helen paused in her chopping while Matt reluctantly joined her. She severed the limbs of the creature on the board, then it’s head. Carefully she sliced it’s torso into three. “Watch!” she instructed.

The creature began to reassemble in front of his eyes, it’s wings began to flutter. Her knife went to work and she tossed the parts quickly into the food processor. “Indestructible,” Helen said. “And that’s why we liquefied it and the others.”

Okay,” Matt nodded. “But just wait until Mom finds out what you’ve put in there.”

Submitted: March 28, 2021

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Vance Currie

Ha-ha. I love it, Hully.

Sun, March 28th, 2021 10:01pm

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