neelwrites/FF/sleepingbeauty/fiction/shortstory/100words/31/05/2017

Many thanks to the wonderful Rochelle for hosting this excellent weekly challenge called FRIDAY FICTIONEERS at

https://rochellewisoff.com/

SLEEPING BEAUTY  

PHOTO PROMPT © Karuna

By Neel Anil Panicker

My slumberous self wakes up in spiteful sweat, stony eyes locking horns with walls that mirror my lonesome existence.

And then it begins, the hallucinations, one of those slow moving Victorian horror shows, reel after torturous reel unspooling in stark black and white.

That’s when I smell and see, the nauseating putrescence, followed by the hellish spectre; a  blackened doll, its grotesque innards; lips, half opened, as if  wanting to say something; eyes, two black buttons staring into space, the face, a question mark.

It’s hers, my little one’s, all of four, put to sleep by a mad man’s bomb.

©neelanilpanciker2017 #FF #fiction #100 words

38 thoughts on “neelwrites/FF/sleepingbeauty/fiction/shortstory/100words/31/05/2017

  1. I liked spiteful sweat

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  2. Dear Neel,

    A nightmare that doesn’t leave upon awakening. Well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Nightmarish indeed! Thanks Rochelle.

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  3. jellico84

    Oh, how I hated to like this, Neel. It is soooo sad. Brought tears to my eyes in sympathy. So, totally understand the emotions behind this. Have seen too much violence in my life. Well told.

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    1. I hated too, to write this. But it was brutish tale that needed to be told, if only to expose the diabolic designs of certain evil forces that are threatening to take over and crush peace and love.
      Thank you for the appreciation, Jellico

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  4. Their question: WHY. … I would say that they are not mad, but a evil. Being mad rarely equates to being evil.

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    1. Symbiotic_ mad as well as evil. Mike, i believe they are both, only one cannot explain for the extent of the horrors that are being committed every single hour around the globe.

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  5. A well-written slice of horror Neel and sadly reflective of our times. Well done

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    1. Yes, it mirrors todays’ terror filled times. Thanks a lot, Lynn.

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  6. Sad and infuriating.

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  7. I couldn’t bring myself to write this one as a terror attack. Well done for going there and well written.

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    1. THANKS Lian. The first thing that struck was a child’s still frame. I know, at times it is difficult to write about such things. Thanks Lian.

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  8. This WAS like a nightmare! Great!!

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  9. This one cuts right to the quick, Neel. You put your finger on the pulse of our times. Absolute horror.

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  10. Neel, this prompt was too graphic for me and I struggled with a response. The doll looked too much like a dead baby, but possibly even more gruesome. Dolls can be very unnerving. I thought you crafted a really eerie piece here caught inbetween the horrors of nightmares and reality.
    Unfortunately, these horrors aren’t confined to our times.HUmanity and a terrible track record.
    Hope you’ve had a great week.
    xx Rowena

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    1. Yes, sadly reflective of our times. Thanks, Rowena. Hope you have a great week ahead.

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  11. Moon

    I can’t imagine the shock and the eternal helpless longing for the beloved . Very well written, Neel.

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  12. So tragic and well-written, Neel.

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  13. Terror and tragedy.
    Great write.

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  14. Tragic and unfortunately all too true for countless people all over the world

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  15. Michael B. Fishman

    That last sentence . . . :*(

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  16. A nightmare without end. How awful to have such a gruesome dream and then awaken and find no escape from it. You certainly have a way with words, Neel, and have succeeded in painting a most visceral and blood-chilling image.

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    1. A nightmare with no end. Thanks a lot for the high praise, Sarah. Coming from you that means a lot. Thanks again.

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  17. if the medium is indeed the message, you have succeeded in this story.

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  18. You definitely do have a way with words, Neel. That is a worst parent’s nightmare…

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