Hopeless Embodiment

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A short piece written for a contest on another writing site.
A demon is seeking to meet the young woman of his dreams, but in the end who does he meet?

Submitted: August 16, 2010

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Hopeless Embodiment

Tiredly the embodied entity trolls the forest, embracing the world’s injustice. Questioning the deemed enigmas, presumably confronting death with a smile. Such foolishness is one’s sure sign, that sanity is dwindling.
In sorrowful moments much like these, the haggard being dissects each oddity wondering if there could ever be a cure.
Starting with it’s crippled hands, ones never to feel that fair skin or anything else other than rough stone and smoldering flames. Turning them over, inspecting the calloused palm only brings more despair. Leathered wrinkles tarnish by centuries of singe, plague the brittle bones. Tiny cords wrap around each other just underneath the rough surface, becoming nothing, but a vain intangible mess.
Sometimes just looking at the hands is enough to repulse the entity from continuing on. Instead it upturns a deep churning of malice and disgust. Longing to tear from this ancient flesh and be the man it once was. Such constant turmoil darkens the air in growing radius. A depressing aura of discontentment plagues the being persistently.
In a attempt to lighten the mood, pondering the fair maiden often does the deed. Daydreaming about her long ebony hair, and piercing violet eyes. Does she even see this monster? Would she flee terrified from the ghastly appearance? More anguish is pumped into the memory, clouding every thought of happiness.
Sighing away most of the pent up negativity, the entity journeys back to the pit. Stopping short of the gate when a familiar voice calls out into the crisp air. The melodic sound of the promiscuous beauty caresses worn ears. Those mysterious eyes bury themselves into those of the beast luring it in.
Confusion baffled the beings thoughts, though made no attempt to halt it’s proceeding. The nearer she was, her scent filled the air. A mystical aura she held, illuminating the blackened sky. Laughing lightly she lead the beast on into the forest veldt.
Years of constant observing and building emotions where finally put to rest as the woman grasped the leathered hand. Though as suddenly as true joy arose, it quickly fled again. Her raven locks fell loose from her scalp, pooling around her feet. The envied skin shriveled up and flaked to the ground. The beautiful creature morphed into a hellish creation much like the haggard being.
Her eyes melted into beady holes. Quite identifiable as his master’s. The world around them burned in harmonious flames. Mocking the broken beast. The hopeless embodiment was deceived.


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