I run my fingers through the dust that has settled on these forgotten things, in this darkened room.
My soul is dry. Guilt spins memories like cobwebs in my mind. I remember their pain, their screams and their fear. I recall their torture, their blood, the taste of their deaths.
If only I had known their misery would fester within me, rupture inside me.
They see me, these shadows, these ghosts, these remnants of lives I slowly tore apart. They part the air and step through.
Lonely hearts. Broken minds. Emptiness. This damage cannot be fixed.
I await their vengeance.
Author bio: Shannon Bell is addicted to words. You will find him madly writing away in the spare time he has available between holding down a full-time job, being part of a dysfunctional family and looking after his attention seeking dog. His stories have been published in Dark Edifice, Short & Twisted, 101 Fiction and strippedlit500. You can follow Shannon on Twitter at @ShannonBell1967.
Retribution is part of 101 Fiction issue 21.