Sunday, 6 December 2015


by Carol Stone

Larry loves labels. Especially those with fire hazard warnings on them. He likes to test the credibility of these cautions. It’s his job.

Today, Larry is checking the label in the nape of a blouse. It screams FLAMMABLE! His heart bounces.

He strikes a match, allows it to lick the lace trim around the edge of the fabric. Soon, furious dragon’s tongues eat their way up the garment.

The woman’s screams become distant. Larry is too consumed with the blistering pop of skin. But it’s the melting of her terrified eyes he’s waiting for.

That’s what really spikes Larry’s pulse.

Author bio: Live & work in the UK, previous publications include Alien Skin, Coloured Chalk amongst others but it's been a while since I last here goes!

Labels is part of 101 Fiction issue 10.

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