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Deceivers

Flash Fiction Story: Dead sycophants litter the pearly deck; bodies bent in misguided seduction

Dead sycophants litter the pearly deck; bodies bent in misguided seduction. Filmy eyes stare as I pass, still echoing adoration and terror.

I stumble, and Calliope’s serrated blade catches on my back.

“They’re here,” she whispers. Here in this grand hall, Calliope’s enthralling presence seems inchoate. Ruin has come to me on the whims of a child.

I giggle irrationally, helplessly. Calliope’s angels are real.

The gold-eyed one, Zachriel, looks hungrily back at me. His gore-painted mouth curves. His canines are translucent. “That one,” he says. “Her soul will feed our ship for days. Kill the other.”

NOTES:

A continuation of Angels, written for The Prediction. Challenge words: deck, inchoate, serrate. Photo by Marie Bellando-Mitjans on Unsplash. Below is an audio recording of me reading the story aloud.

AUDIO OF ‘DECEIVERS’, NARRATED BY HOLLY KARLSSON:

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