Monsters In The Dark

Frank felt sweat on the palms of his hands, and the back of his knees. He looked at the wolf to his right, and the bear to his left. Both looked at him, and nodded. Everyone knew, men were coming. Not men like Frank. Men like animals. Men who’d become monsters, hungry for everything. They’d kill him. They’d take the women from the camp. Rape them. Enslave them. And when they grew tired of them, kill them.

It’s what most men had become. Monsters stalking the dark, seeking prey. Prey they would not find. Jessica had taken the others into the woods. They were safe. Jessica left him with the wolves and others. “Show them the error of their ways, Frank.”

Frank would.

He held two fingers up, looked at the wolf. The wolf vanished into the brush. He signaled the bear and the bear vanished among the trees. His two animal companions had gone to speak with their packs, tell them how, and when to act.

Frank couldn’t see or hear the owls in the trees. They moved through the dark invisibly. “Owls, the predators of the night.”

They would come. The men would come. They would not be ready for what they found. They would not be ready for monsters in the dark. Frank checked the line on his bow. It was ready for the coming fight. “Let them come. We’ll show them who the real monsters in the dark are.”

He waited. “Soon, now. Soon.”

I wrote this for Siobhan Muir‘s #ThursThreads, Week 164. Please go read all the entries in this week’s #ThursThreads. They are good reading.


#VisDare : Unanswered

The wall turned white. “No, to your unanswered questions.” New scenes started. “Fossil fuels became scarce.” Alice paused, “Countries fought for what was left.” There were huge explosions that left ruined cities everywhere. Dead people were stacked like wood. More people that I could imagine. “Then food became scarce, and people started fighting for what food was left.” People fought for water, meat, fruit, vegetables. “Almost everyone died.”


“Some of the survivors moved to the caves.” I saw pictures of a cave like I lived in. “The rest stayed above ground, where they evolved.” There were different kinds of people on the wall. Some like Alice and me. Some were huge, with huge muscles, sharp claws, and nasty, sharp teeth. Some were small, like rats. And some looked like ghosts, with evil, hungry eyes. “The worst are the wraiths. They prey on everything and everyone.”

This is the 12th piece in a continuing story I’m working through for Angela Goff’s Visual Dare. Please read the other entries in this week’s Visual Dare challenge.