Mrs Abercrombie and the Black Swans

Mrs Abercrombie surveyed her moonlit formal gardens from the window of her Louis XIV bedroom. Their perfection was entirely to her credit. Acres of miniature boxwood mazes imposed order, definition. Beyond this, a long artificial pool sparkled to the horizon, a watery avenue overlooked by tall rows of pruned trees, dusted now with silver.
Mrs Abercrombie cherished above all her black swans. Imported especially, they glided pristinely along the sharply defined waters. She’d had their tendons spliced, of course, so the wings could only flutter, the smallest of movements. They would
never fly, and were still picture perfect. What could be better?
She tensed, remembering the sight of the elegant dark feathers, scattered in the path. But soon she would settle this. The trap was set.
For three hours she’d sat, watching, before the fox came. She saw him sniffing at the blackberries inside the box. He climbed in, and Mrs Abercrombie heard the cage door slam, over the long distances of the lawn, boxwood, and stone stairs. She smiled, triumphant.
Into the moonlight she ran, her silk dressing gown billowing, a decorative spectre, until she came face to face with her nemesis. The fox was pressed against the rear of the cage, his body tense, his eyes wary. She picked him up, brought him to the water, and plunged him in, watching the churning liquid until it receded then stopped altogether, the stillness and beauty restored completely. Satisfied, she strolled back.

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This is actually inspired from someone I met at a party who described drowning a raccoon in this way. Her look of vengeance was something to behold.


  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 4 years ago

    Salem losing a fox me thinks but gains a new witch to the coven.. ;O)
    Love your style of writing, refreshing and has a nice edginess to it.

  • NightWitch
    NightWitchover 4 years ago

    ((happy and wicked Witch cackles))

  • Matthew Dalton
    Matthew Daltonover 4 years ago

    I think this is excellent. There’s malice behind a mask of serenity. The one who watches must control everything, blind to the damage they themselves are causing.

  • Thank you Matthew, quite a compliment coming from a writing group moderator! You’ve expressed it so well, too, what I was aiming at.

    – NightWitch

  • mythictrance
    mythictranceover 4 years ago

    love the darkness!! So vivid! I’ve only written one things, only signed up today, but hope the image i have tried to paint is as sharp as this!!

  • Thank you and good luck with your writing. : )

    – NightWitch

  • wildwomenlove
    wildwomenloveover 4 years ago

    this is very visual…and spooky…x

  • Spooky is good, I like that, thanks.

    – NightWitch

  • MoonlightLover
    MoonlightLoveralmost 4 years ago

    Mmmmm! Love your wickedness!

  • Sadly this is based on a real story, too! It wasn’t me who was wicked. ; )

    – NightWitch

  • MoonlightLover
    MoonlightLoveralmost 4 years ago

    Not implying that you are wicked. This makes it even more intriguing that its a true story.

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