Three Eyes of Fire

Posted: January 1, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Three lights shone overhead, piercing the dark metal of the gates. Edgar avoided them, keeping to the shadows. Shadows were softer, safer. Shadows didn’t pin you down and cut you.

And the three lights became three staring eyes of fire, sweeping the cold stone towers for him. The metal fences gleamed like teeth, shook as the furious roar echoed in the dark. They wanted to devour Edgar, to strip skin from bone. They would cut him up like butcher’s meat.

And then they were fences again, still and solid and metal. Edgar shook his head, trying to shake loose the demons in his mind. They were always confusing him, always pinning him in, alway telling that things were there which weren’t.

He had to move quick, before they came in again.

Edgar raced across the courtyard, dodging the searching beams. They tried to catch him, but he was too fast, too clever. He knew how they moved.

Hurling himself against the fence, he climbed hand after hand. The metal was cold and wet against his skin.

Everything twisted as the beast roared and Edgar wondered: Were the eyes and the teeth in his imagination or was the prison the hallucination?

Word Count: 200

This is for Sunday Photo Fiction!

  1. athling2001 says:

    Prison would be a bad hallucination. I like the way you left the end open.

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  2. rogershipp says:

    “Shadows were softer, safer. Shadows didn’t pin you down and cut you.” Loved this line!

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  3. Very tricky ending left one wondering. Wish you a Happy New Year.

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  4. I love this story. I read three times this week.

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  5. mandibelle16 says:

    Interesting JA, I very much get this feeling of the Hunger Games. During the actual games, wherevthe game keepers had control and the players were never sure what could change or what was, and what could end their life. Very well written!

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