The Weight of It: A Journey is Never as it Seems

Chapter Story – Part Four A gust of wind slammed my body, and I toppled over as if the hand of Many Gods slapped me to the ground. Snow eddied and spun all around me, and any sight I did have vanished. I clamped my gloved hands to my face and waited for the wind’s…

The Weight of It: The Only Thing to Do

Chapter Story – Part Three Dancing light emanated from the open hatch of the pot belly stove and illuminated Morgan’s body. Every few seconds the body twitched, or seemed to, though I told myself it was the fire’s flickering light, nothing more. I hugged my legs closer, afraid he would grab my ankle and that…

The Weight of It: The Message

Chapter Story – Part Two “What?” I said and jerked back. He must be wrong, hallucinating most likely. Sebastian was dead. I had been at the funeral, crumpled to the ground, unable to hold my anguish inside. Old Lady Selena had brought hyacinths to the funeral. The scent still made me nauseous. “He’s alive. Sebastian is alive,” he…

The Weight of It

Chapter Story – Part One Cold etched its way across the window pane, intricate snowflake drawings under a microscope, while the wind and snow whipped and whirled outside. The winter-art spread, similar to salt dispersing watercolor on a canvas, as I traced my finger along its ever increasing pattern. The freezing pane stung the tip of my finger. Neither…

Particles of Blood: Traces of Darkness

Chapter Story – Part Four She came to on the bathroom’s hard floor. Deep bone-pain seared her cheekbone as she lifted her head to wipe the drool from the side of her face; a small, clear pool marked her desperate state on the floor. Her damp towel covered her feet, leaving the rest of her naked…

Particles of Blood: Down Deep into the Deep, Black Hole

Chapter Story – Part Three “Can you describe the man you saw?” Officer Rayne said, jolting Hetty from her friend’s lifeless eyes. “What?” “Can you describe the man? What was he wearing? Build? Color of skin?” She stepped back into the hideous moment and tried to see the man before he ran away. He was tall,…

Particles of Blood: The Underground

Chapter Story – Part Two Her mind slipped back a few hours. At first, she felt the bright winter sun on her skin, a reminder of the past days of warmth when autumn had reigned and bestowed its easy days and cool nights. She remembered how she’d stopped outside the music building before entering.  She…

Particles of Blood

Chapter Story – Part One Hetty stared at her hands splayed on her lap, covered in blood. She lifted one hand to her face and studied the blood’s different life stages: wet, sticky, dry, flaky. She blew warm breath onto her raised hand. Minute particles of blood floated in the air. Then her fingers began…