The Ladies of Horror
No Fairytale Ending
by Lori R. Lopez
She was losing her mind,
Cell by cell,
With every bird that fled the scene —
Casting stray insignificant shadows
Chasing puffy cloud wisps
That failed to spill their guts
And sound an alarm
In the wake of the Sun as it
Neared the horizon.
Trees were collecting, encroaching
And all she could do was sit
Hoping for a hero
To save her from this tedious yet
Her story had just begun!
It was too soon for it to end
Before a single word had been written.
Empty pages could not protect
From the horrors of the forest stalkers
As they edged closer, greedy
To bury her and feed
On flesh and blood, the marrow
Of youth-filled bones.
This book would have no
Fairytale happy ending
If a gallant rescuer didn’t arrive soon!
What was taking him so long?
She was bored, because trees did not
Rampage, they crept, and a person
Could fall asleep at this rate.
Yet she was afraid if her lids did
Droop, it would be all over.
They had sent a scout to
Keep a stiff eye on her (or knothole).
“Go away!” she hissed.
“My prince will come!
And when he does, you’ll be sorry.”
In her country, technically a kingdom,
That was a girl’s best option:
Waiting for a prince.
Alas for her,
No fearless champion arrived.
She had a reputation for being pushy
And rude, sarcastic, not to mention
Ungrateful. Even the trees
Were hesitant, debating
Until she got up and left.
It was a long walk home . . .
Fiction © Copyright Lori R. Lopez
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
About Author Lori R. Lopez:
Lori R. Lopez dips her pen in poetry, prose, and art. Her books include LEERY LANE, THE DARK MISTER SNARK, THE STRANGE TAIL OF ODDZILLA, POETIC REFLECTIONS: THE QUEEN OF HATS, ODDS AND ENDS: A DARK COLLECTION, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, and CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES. Lori’s work has appeared in the strangest of places: on Hellnotes, Servante Of Darkness and Halloween Forevermore; in The Horror Zine, Weirdbook, and The Sirens Call, as well as a number of chilling anthologies including the H.W.A. Poetry Showcase Volumes II and III, In Darkness We Play, Terror Train I and II, Cellar Door III: Animals (Editor’s Choice Award), Bones II, Journals of Horror: Found Fiction, Undead Legacy, and Dead Harvest.