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Flash Fiction entry #45

Amy C over at Romance Book Wyrm and Dottie over at Tink's Place
have come up with the idea for a Monday Morning Flash Fiction challenge. Each Monday a new picture prompt will be posted and if you choose to participate - you post your story on Friday - 350 words, give or take. 

Death's Bride
by Blodeuedd

It was not as the decision had been hers. No, she was young, beautiful and a virgin. Many parents tried not to conceive during the years they knew a maiden would get chosen from but she had been a fluke, a mistake. She had been born and her parents had tried their best to raise her and get her a husband. Which had worked fine too when she got married at 14, 2 years before the choosing would take place. But what they had not counted on was the war and her husband’s unwillingness to lie with her. Then he had died and now she was still a maiden and still the most beautiful woman in the village. She had no choice when the message of Harold’s death came 3 months before the choosing. She had tried to find a husband but no luck, and she could not marry before the mourning period was over either. This was then what her life had in store for her, death. Death by the man who came from the skies every 16th year to claim a virginal bride. He had already seen the Chosen ones and picked her. All that was left for her was the wait. She could not take her life either as she was guarded night and day while her mother cried outside her window.


Sometimes the man killed at once and let the bodies rot on the steps. Sometimes he took the women with him. All these things were going through her mind when she slowly walked up the steps, dressed in black to welcome the Ever Darkness. She dared not to look at him as the slipped down into a curtsy and heard his breath near her neck.

“You are quite beautiful,” he said and lifted her chin. She opened her eyes and looked upon his fair form in surprise. He stood tall, dressed in the most beautiful clothes she had ever laid her eyes upon. His black wings were folded around him and his black hair looked like the finest silk. His face was serene and his eyes like two pools she could drown in. She had never seen such beauty on a man, or a woman. She did not know it could exist. He lifted her up and she held on for dear life. Her mind was slowly going to a mush, she only knew that she loved him and wanted to please him, with every drop of blood and flesh her body had.


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Jun. 24th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
Hmm it can't end well, can it? A lovely story but without a conclusion or so it seems to me...btw if she was so pretty couldn't she have taken a lover and er...resolve her little private problem? Her life depended on it after all...Why exactly did her husband had refused to go to bed with her?
Jun. 24th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Lol, don't be too smart now ;) My suggestion is that they were religious or she would have been killed when it was found out. So she took a chance. As for her husband, oh, he was gay..or perhaps he had a small problem of getting his sail up.

But yes she is dead. End of story. At least she died happy in a passionate embrace.
Jun. 24th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh my. Sounds like he possesses a great power to make them love him on sight. Wow. Seems as she is doomed either way. He wouldn't keep her...would he?


And I was able to get this picture to keep going with the story! It's a challenge for me now. I don't know how much longer I can keep it going though. :)
Jun. 24th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
I could either make it that he keeps her and they live happily ever after...but I do fear he will just use adn kill her :/

I must read your story tomorrow :D I am finally back from a very long dinner, le sigh
Jun. 25th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)

That was a bit creepy. I guess it is a good thing that he used his mind control to make her feel like she wanted to please him - maybe that is a sign that he will keep her around for awhile.

Or he good just be playing with her and he's preparing to rip her throat out and toss her dead body to the ground.

Evil beings can be finicky like that. :)

Jun. 25th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
Aye evil things are like that ;) Maybe I will just leave it too your imagination. happy or dying at once
Jun. 25th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
It's really quite scary and sad, and she ends up with Death and being dead at the end. You've very wicked, lol! I have to say I really liked it!

Excellent, I love the dark!

Dottie :)
Jun. 25th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
Re: Sad....
I wanted to go dark again :D Yay Dark!!!! And no blood at all, lol
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Jun. 26th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
I am glad he intrigued you .D
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