Helen peers through yellowed curtains as Emma, clutching flowers, skips up the sagging porch. Helen grips her knife.
Everyone says Helen's crazy because she tries to expose the true evil among them.
Emma's smiling face appears at the window. Helen shakes her head.
Emma's blue eyes fill with tears, but they bleed red. She holds up the flowers, now a bouquet of spitting snakes.
Helen trembles, but she won't invite the monster inside.
Emma speaks but her black, forked tongue flicks against the glass, drowns out her words. She sighs, walks away.
Helen watches the snakes slither after their mistress.
Author bio: Madeline Mora-Summonte is a reader, a writer, a beach-comber and a tortoise-owner. She is the author of the flash fiction collections The People We Used To Be and Garden of Lost Souls.
Perception is part of 101 Fiction issue 15.