Write Her Story
by Lori M. Myers
Glenda stood in an unlit corner, watching me, lips edged in red, her lids covered by thick black swirl. I smelled her perfume, heard the swish of her cloak, felt her obsession in my own as I walked from one exhibit to another, a collection of my work which, for years, I’d buried deep in backyard dirt or inside garbage bags festering at the landfill.
I owed this all to her. Her idea, her creation, my delight in seeing my prizes so beautifully displayed; some behind glass, others cordoned off by velvet ropes. One, exhibit 6B, the foot of that screaming bank teller, my nicks and slices so perfectly perpendicular. The next, exhibit 7A, a torso torn from all it was born with, now a fleshy island nailed discreetly onto a slanted board. That torso? She’d been an executive on a business trip and got lost in my part of town. Exhibit 7B, my first man. I made sure he was small and slender, easier to restrain him that way, his disembodied head now resting atop a milliner’s pedestal.
I gazed back at Glenda, perplexed, not recognizing (or maybe forgetting all about) exhibit 8A, two arms – one from wrist to shoulder, another only to the elbow, resting on brushed velvet, still dripping blood into a crystal bowl. Certainly, the most gorgeous display in the room. Glenda came out from the shadows, smiled at me, her aqua eyes catching the light, her trailing voile headdress covering her missing limbs.
Fiction © Copyright Lori M. Myers
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com Artist: Rondell Melling
More from Lori M. Myers:
A windowed storefront, a foreboding brothel,
a wine cellar, a burial plot. Small spaces
surrounded by thick walls, bolted with padlocks, weighed down with wet earth. This story
collection of dark fiction/horror by award-winning writer Lori M. Myers is about the mystery and danger of closed-in rooms and wombs; of the mistaken belief that being inside equals safety. It doesn’t; not in these crawl spaces…
Lori M. Myers is an award-winning writer of creative nonfiction, fiction, essays, and plays,
a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a Broadway World Award nominee. Her work has been published in more than forty-five national and regional magazines, journals, and anthologies. Lori is an adjunct professor of writing and literature, and senior interviews editor for Hippocampus Magazine. She holds an MA in creative writing from Wilkes University and resides in New York.
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