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Bloody Mary

Mary knew that what she was about to do signified a dramatic change in her life. Closing her eyes, Mary felt a single tear squeeze through. The silver pearl clung to her lashes briefly – just as she clung tightly to the box in her arms – before it slipped into the swiftly rushing river below.
Sharp edged memories chased against the red background of her eyelids. Each image caused her physical pain. Pain was better than nothing. At least, that was what her psychiatrist had convinced her of.
In their session that morning, Mary had railed ferociously at Dr Diaz as he’d made her take out each object the box contained; put a name to it; a story; to truly feel what each item signified.
Once, the trinkets she kept there had merely been a collection of prizes to Mary. Little pieces of junk like the kind they gave out at carnival games. Just keepsakes to remember the occasion by.
Diaz had turned them into nasty souvenirs, fashioned from blood and impure thoughts. Mary despised him for it though she accepted the truth of his analysis.
‘They’re links you need to be rid of, Mary,’ he’d said in that tone modulated to soothe even as it disparaged.
His words ran through her mind as she unlatched the box and removed a ruby cufflink.
“This one was Steven,” she thought, studying it.
Mary dangled it out over the bridge, then pulled it back and stepped away from the railing as the voice in her head chided her.
Mary nodded in agreement. Why hadn’t she seen it before?
Diaz was the only one who knew. The only one who called her “Mary”.
“What’s his angle?” the voice insisted, “Fame? Glory? A book deal? Or just unyielding power over the world’s most prolific – and still sought after – female serial killer?"
Mary turned and headed back towards the city. Bloody Mary was back in control of her thoughts and actions now. That was the only thing significant right now.
The poisoned pen Diaz used would make a mildly interesting addition to her trinket box.

© Alison Pearce 2009

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For Star Twister’s #58

Word Count – 349

Prompt – Signified

Logan based writer, poet and artist. I seek with the pen and the brush. I think and it rolls out into words or strokes. I believe my writing should paint a picture and that my art should tell a story. I’m an uncomplicated woman in a very complicated way.

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  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghabout 5 years ago

    Fits the season. Nice!

  • Thanks Rhino :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • Matthew Dalton
    Matthew Daltonabout 5 years ago

    Nice work Alison. I think I’ve said this before but your descriptive writing keeps getting stronger

    Mary dangled it out over the bridge, then pulled it back and stepped away from the railing as the voice in her head chided her.


  • Thank you so much Matthew

    – Alison Pearce

  • KMorral
    KMorralabout 5 years ago

    Oooo- Diaz is in trouble! Great idea, powerful descriptions (though I think double use of signified is just proving a point! lol)

  • Thanks K :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • Yoanna
    Yoannaabout 5 years ago

    I like the way one is unaware, almost to the very end, where the story leads to …
    Finely twisted.

  • Thank you so much

    – Alison Pearce

  • Teacup
    Teacupabout 5 years ago

    oohh, scary… I love the twist and the way you built this up – could have gone any which way… excellent. xx

  • Thanks Alison :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestabout 5 years ago

    Ohh she is not one to invite home for a cuppa and a chat me thinks… You sure get the devilish mood in this… descriptive twisting writing at it’s very best!

  • Thanks Arcadia :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • Zolton
    Zoltonabout 5 years ago


  • Fabulous new logo!!! Thank you Zolton!!

    – Alison Pearce

  • Teacup
    Teacupabout 5 years ago

    Congrats on your win Alison – looking forward to your next prompt. xx

  • Thank you Alison :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous twist and a great story Alison, congrats on the win :-)

  • Thank you so much Matt :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 5 years ago

    great short ,sure pulled me in ,love the end diaz be ware. LIZ

  • Thank you Liz :)

    – Alison Pearce

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