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Only The Wine

August 23, 2012

Moonlight shimmers in the glass scattered across the hardwood floor.

It wasn’t going to end like this. It wasn’t supposed to end at all.

She blinks back tears. There’s no time for that now. Maybe later. Maybe never. But not now.

The pool of blood grows, spreading across the floor like some evil tide, setting the shards afloat; ships of light shifting on a deadly sea. The tide reaches her feet, soaking into her white socks, staining the tips.

And still she stares.

It’s only the wine. She lies to herself. But the truth hangs heavy from her hand—the unopened bottle with a stained label. The shattered glasses on the floor. The unnatural crater in his skull.

It wasn’t going to end like this. It wasn’t supposed to end at all.

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This was based on a tweet from Tony Noland. Thanks for the inspiration this week!

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2012 3:05 PM

    Niiiice, Dani. Bravo.

  2. August 23, 2012 6:13 PM

    Wow, awesome job with an awesome prompt! You had me thirsty and sad all at once.

  3. Diane Girard permalink
    August 23, 2012 7:05 PM

    Bloody good! – DianeG

  4. August 23, 2012 9:08 PM

    Wow this is so good, it suggests a backstory and what is to come. This line is fabulous! “The pool of blood grows, spreading across the floor like some evil tide, setting the shards afloat; ships of light shifting on a deadly sea.”

  5. August 24, 2012 10:29 AM

    I’m thrilled to have provide the inspiration for such a terrific piece!

  6. August 24, 2012 12:20 PM

    On the bright side, it only ended like this for him. Depending on her state’s laws, it might not even end in the death penalty for her.

    Strong tone, Danni. Welcome back.

  7. August 25, 2012 3:25 AM

    a corker of a tale

  8. August 25, 2012 5:43 AM

    Oh dear, if only it WAS only the wine…

    Powerful and on such a low word count too, I particularly liked the imagery of para 4, “The pool of blood grows,….”

  9. Deanna Schrayer permalink
    August 25, 2012 6:51 AM

    Super power in so few words Dani! I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say “Thanks Tony”. :)

  10. August 25, 2012 8:02 AM

    Brilliant story

  11. August 25, 2012 12:35 PM

    Oh, nice :) Creepy, full of sorrow and a touch of confusion. Good stuff.

    Julie/Firewolf

  12. August 26, 2012 8:02 PM

    Nicely done!

  13. August 27, 2012 8:43 AM

    It never ceases to amaze me how much you pack into so few words. Wonderful stuff.

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