Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Lily

by John Xero


They say the pier is haunted.

Years ago, me and Lily used to fool around under there. We had this secret spot at the top end, where it was always damp, always dark. Right below the seafood guy. People would be above us, eating their cockles and muscles and shrimps, and Lily would be trembling beneath me and I’d be kissing her hard to keep her from crying out.

But in the damp and the dark, our lust woke something, something old and lascivious. I made it out, but Lily...

They say the pier's haunted; it’s Lily’s moans they hear.





Author bio: John Xero believes the internet will make ghosts of us all... fragments of half-forgotten lives echoing down the years like electronic spectres.
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18 comments:

  1. I've always been fearful fascinated by the green-damp darkness below the pier and this simply reinforces why. Truly.

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    1. There will always be dark corners, no matter how bright civilisation glows... ;)

      Thank you, Sandra. =)

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  2. Ooo, creepy! I like it! I can actually see this as a short film; very cool!

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  3. Holy CRAP, how did you do that? That was fantastic!

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    1. Awesome comment! Thank you, Catherine. =D

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  4. Once again you manage to convey so much in such a low word count.

    Under the pier, a hideaway for lovers... and other things...

    The flash conjures up so much
    imagery, very nicely done John.

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    1. Not all the sea's mysteries are in the deeps... ;)

      Thanks, Steve. =)

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  5. Haunting...

    Very nice flash John, that last line made me hear Lily's moans.

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  6. Poor Lily! Under the boardwalk is obviously not safe!

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    1. Not unless you're a fully accredited monster hunter, and maybe not even then... ;)

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  7. The thing that works for me in this great piece of fiction is the repetition of "They say the pier is haunted": it not only bookends the piece, but almost tolls like a bell on a fog-covered buoy out at sea.

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    1. Thank you, Justin, for the great comment. ^_^

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  8. When it comes to monsters, it's always survival of he who runs fastest. I feel bad for Lily, but oh so good about this awesome flash.

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    1. You don't have to be the fastest, just so long as there's someone slower... ;)

      Thank you, Angel. =)

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  9. Incredibly eerie and well-told. I liked the repetition, tying the end back to the beginning.

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