Turn Around

Copyright-John Nixon

Copyright-John Nixon

Every day, the sky is a cauldron churning with hell’s wrath.

Every night, the stars watch my back like a constellation of vengeful eyes.

A voice hisses through the trees. “Turn around.”

I don’t.

The ligneous limbs reach for me.

“Turn around.” The voice mimics my wife’s.

I gaze ahead, not knowing who or what’s behind me…

“Turn around, daddy.”

I stop.

I’ve forgotten what she looked like… why we were so ashamed of her… why we felt the need to bury her ugliness in these woods.

I’ve been walking for a long time.

Maybe it’s time to turn around…

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48 thoughts on “Turn Around

  1. Oh, how sad! Reminds me of Richard Matheson’s “Born of Man and Woman” told through the eyes of a mutant child locked in the dark basement of a normal couple. It’s pretty horrifying because it humanizes the creature. You got it here, too. Great!

  2. I won’t turn around even if they pay me a million dollars! You won’t even be able to see my legs – that is how fast I will be running! Well done KZ. 😀

  3. Wow. That summed up another aspect of my show which inspired my post. Nicely done especially with the play on the idea of turning around 🙂 well done KZ.

  4. KZ, that’s a great place to leave it. I think I would be tempted to, but I hope I wouldn’t. The writer just needs to take off running, I think. The ghosts of the past are out for revenge, perhaps.

  5. Scary yet laden with such a heavy sadness!To have to kill and bury a chils cos she was “abnormal: in some way and feel haunted for the rest of your life-terrible!And then that end–very moving !Am again awed by your skills Kz-excellent!

  6. love how you take us into your character’s guilty mind as if we need to make the decision whether to turn around or not…awesome story, KZ. 🙂

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