Monday, June 18, 2007

Horror

The stench hit her nostrils long before she could see the place. Her heart beat louder and she swallowed, unconsciously beginning to take shallow breaths to keep out that reek of fresh corpses. The path before her narrowed. The dark, ominous sky looked down on her as she entered the house of death.

The gutters overflowed with blood and she tried hard to escape the sights all around her. The surprised, frozen faces of the dead stared at her with lifeless eyes. The awkwardly angled, limp bodies, lined her path. She could sense, rather than hear, the buzzing of flies. Crows sheltered in this closed space. Escaping the rain outside, they perched here, their black feathers dripping water that diluted the blood that swirled below. The merchants of death tapped their sharp knives and scythes to draw her attention.

She tried to ignore it but eventually one shadowy figure called out to her from the dark recesses of the hallway, blocking her way with a blade that shone red, wet.

"Bai, fresh pomfret? Prawns? Crab? Rohu?"

9 comments:

itchingtowrite said...

good one. i was scared to read.. but the ending- superb- i am also doing a similar line of stories- factual fiction- do visit

rishabh said...

wow!

Well written.

Thanks for visiting my blog, though the poetry one is defunct. The other one is obviously fully functional.

iz said...

Aha. Matlab ke kahani mein twist?

Anamika said...

I2W: will check it out. sounds promising!

rishabh: sorry, went to the wrong blog obviously . will check out the other one soon!

iz: twist bole to machhi ka tadka maar ke... something fishy about this!

A very cool cat said...

This was brilliant! :D That is so exactly how I feel when I go to the fish markets!

Anamika said...

cool cat: i remember u'r one of the few fellow bongs who dislikes fish :) knew u'd understand!

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!!

rishabh said...

u deleted u r post?

Anamika said...

rishabh: yeah, re-read it and didn't like it so much! i usually write ABOUT something, not comments on news like this. had written it on impulse and later changed my mind!