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White Forest

Laughter echoes across the whispering Forest,

Nigh adolescent voices,

Swishing bare feet,

He calls to companion; “I’ll find you, honest!”

*

She spills over hedge and root, hides within the dark shrubs,

Heart beat loudly drumming,

Face alight in glee,

Silence as feet rush by; silence as branch her head clubs.

*

Forest lies still as boy halts; wonders quietly what’s amiss,

No leaves murmur,

Grass ceases its rustle,

 Low rumble from behind puts boy in paralysis.

*

She wakes in darkness, the world overturned.

The stench is strong.

Her gut clenches.

Light spills across rock and stone; fire alights bodies burned.

*

 Frigid fear tingles along spine, boy whirls towards sound,

Crimson eyes stare.

Golden body glints.

Grinning human head, sculpted metal body, feet of each on ground.

*

Hitched breath. Clamped fists. Terror consumes being, soul and all.

She sees serrated blade gleam.

He watches serrated teeth beam.

Screams reflect across tall white trees and a cavernous mountain wall.


A little tribute to my Patreon short story The Golden Man. Dark fantasy things.

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African born, published author working as a Technical Writer for Everlytic and a writer for Gamecca Magazine. He has published short stories both internationally and locally, and is hoping to publish a novel in the near future. He is an avid reader, inspired blogger, and an aspiring digital artist.

7 responses »

  1. I really like the rhyme pattern you’ve used here.

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