Moonlight – An Absence

Drabble: Horror

Something wakes me.  A sudden absence jerks me awake, and I open my eyes to find the room pitch-black.  I know the night is cloudless – I checked the weather report before bed.  I know the moon isn’t new – it shone full the night before.

I get up and go to the window.  The landscape is black, with no hint of the moonlight.  I step out onto the balcony, looking up.  There hangs the moon, round and silver but radiating nothing.  It’s holding in its light, not even softening the sky.

What will happen when the sun comes up?

I’ve Been Seeing You

Drabble: Horror

I know we haven’t spoken in a while but I have something to tell you.  I’ve been seeing you.  Just walking around, not noticing me, just walking and staring.  Mostly late at night or in the early morning hours when it’s dark – so dark it was hard to tell at first that it was really you.  But during the day too, in the shadow cast by a passing cloud.

I don’t know what’s going on.  These things… they can’t possibly be ghosts.  I mean, here I am talking to you on the phone, and you’re clearly alive.  Right?


I Dreamt of You

Drabble: Horror

I dreamt of you, sinking into the darkness.  A final kick, a final twitch of the muscles.  A final breath racked free from your throat as it went limp, as your lips began to freeze in perfect parting, turning pale and icing over.  Your eyes shining blue in the black, shock-still in their white frames.  Your body turning around, around, pirouettes lowering you into the steady abyss.

I wake to the phone clanging like a scream.  I still see you, burned into my mind, as I answer.  They tell me you drowned – an accident.  But I knew that already.