Modern Suicide.

In the dark it waits for footsteps on the cobblestones. They echo like music in the dark. It raises its head to smell the air, to catch a scent of something. It moves with stealth that defies the logical nature of man. Its legs long and unnatural, its hands are strong and tipped with talons made to cut deep into bowels. The need to feed becomes its mantra, repeating itself in its stomach and across its sharp teeth.

The footfalls slow as they reach the bridge, they always do. Prey always looks to the darkness with a desperation that is palatable. The beast looks to it as a partner, helping its monster with shadows. This meal is slow to cross the dark; it waits in a corner, lying in the filth and folly of men.

The female comes closer to the dark under the bridge. She stares around, anxious perhaps. She fears men, but she should fear beasts. Her heels click on the stones, the music comes off walls and steel to the creature in multitude of stereophonic beats. It excites and waters the mouth.

She stops and opens her purse, reaching in she pulls out a cigarette. Her hand lights the thin white tube, her breath pulls a long drawn out drag. She releases the smoke and it curls around her mouth. The beast is mesmerized by the curls and the scent. Her deep red polished nails hold the glowing stick to her lips again. The smoke flutters around her pretty face.

It races to the meal. It leaps with razor talons and sharp teeth. She falls back hard to the ground, a smile across her milky face, a twinkle in her cloudy eyes. The beast buries its teeth into her neck.

“Took you long enough,” she whispers wryly, with a harsh wheeze, “I thought the cancer would get me before you.”

Modern Suicide.

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A story based on the image below. Created by the talented Ash Sivils.

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