Julia

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

Flash Fiction, 300 words. A man seeking out his betrothed, who vanished without a spoken word.

“This is just a coincidence.” I kept reminding myself. Though it had been a year to date since I found Julia starving out in the woods. Clothed with torn rags and half the size she could be, weeks went by to gain her strength again. Yet our love began to blossom at first sight.

Julia had fought with all her might to escape where she came from. Then she vanished on that fateful morning without so much as a sound but left a torn piece of parchment on the dining room table. 'I must go back to them' it read.

Having searched for hours, hope seemed lost. But alas, a stroke of fortune, I spotted her cloak snagged on a hanging branch. Beneath it, a trap door. Partially opened, with the sound of whistling air passing out of the gap.

I couldn't feel the ground with my hands reaching in. Plucking up all the courage one could muster, I jumped in. Strangely, everything turned upside down and I landed in a torchlit cellar. The trapdoor nowhere to be seen, not even overhead as you’d suspect.

My search led me to cross a rampart bridge, to the last unexplored tower of a grandiose castle, I glanced across at a moon hovering over moors. It shone with an orange tinge, otherworldly, sickly. The pit of my stomach was nauseous with fear, not a living soul I had found. Only a trail of crimson towards this final point.

Placing my trembling hand on the door, I opened it a crack. An enormous spray of hot breath and saliva spouted out. A force on the other side pushed it further open. In the moonlight, I saw dripping fangs and piercingly intense eyes.

“There you are my love,” I said with a loving gaze.


Submitted: May 27, 2021

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