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(Drabble) In the encircling night

4th April 2009 (09:34)

Just q quick drabble inspired by the latest issue of the comic (and also a way of proving to myself I can still write drabbles - this is my first for over a year. :-) )

In the encircling night

Picture this: humans huddled around a campfire to ward off the hungry dark. Shivering and hiding from pale eyes in the encircling night. Here's the joke: the predators are only there because the bright beacon drew them! They wait patiently for the flames to die. And so do we, with the endurance immortality gives us.

The good citizens of this town build their campfire, feeding it with their own flesh and blood. Fear is a dark serpent twisting in their veins, always hidden, never revealed. We will set it free, and revel in the sweetness of terror as they die.



Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 4th April 2009 10:54 (UTC)
Effulgent-FFL by andemaiar

This is delightfully dark.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th April 2009 11:28 (UTC)


Er, I mean, thank you!

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 5th April 2009 01:44 (UTC)

Cool! This (and "Safe") reminds me a little bit of Joss's story "Righteous" from Tales of the Slayers, in terms of vampire hordes waiting just beyond the town gates for the inhabitants to doom themselves by destroying their own Slayer protector(s).

I can't write drabbles.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 6th April 2009 09:53 (UTC)

I've always thought that drabbles are more like poetry than fiction; they're a way of conveying a single thought or image, and it's more about conveying an emotion than telling a story.

Plus, they're much faster to write. :-)

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