Weekend Writing Warriors: VAMPIRE DOWN

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 | 10 comments

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This week we see Ronan, alone in the wastelands in the dire city of Shul Ganneth (first visited by Cross and Danica back in Black Scars), seeking out the sounds being made by another visitor to the city…

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Ronan came to a window that was smeared over with oil and frost, but the glass had broken enough for him to peer through.  A dead man stood on the other side of the barricade, his rotted remains preserved by the cold.  Tattered clothes dangled from his black and crusted skin; reams of ice had formed on his fingernails and decayed teeth.  Eyes stuck in a glazed expression stared straight ahead, and his lips were locked in a grimace, peeled back from his blood red gums.  Ronan guessed the man had died a long time ago, but some aspect of the Maloj’s foul magic had reanimated the corpse, which was why the zombie kept pushing against the barrier with his raw fists, impervious to the damage he caused himself as he slowly pounded, searching for a means of escape, no longer understanding why he even needed or wanted to leave.

The assassin watched the creature as it endlessly tried to push its way free.  He thought about all of the people he’d killed, and wondered if he hadn’t been doing them a favor.

Ronan turned away, and left the dead man to his fate.

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    10 Comments

  1. I can always count on you for a gruesome snippet. :-) Nicely done, as usual.

    • I aim to please! ;D Thanks Cara!

  2. Great description of an icky zombie. I was surprised by the red gums — would have expected them to be black and rotted or bone-white — but I like that shot of color in an otherwise black-and-white scene.

    • I was in the mood for red. ;D

  3. Oh, I wish he’d have put the poor zombie out of his misery. Excellent imagery as usual Steven!

    • Ronan, a noted assassin, spends an entire chapter refusing to put things out of their misery. I’m not sure what it all means, but it was an interesting chapter to write.

  4. OK, ewww, but so well described. I could visualize the scene and I could certainly relate to your character’s thoughts – excellent excerpt as always!

  5. Steven, your snippets are always an assault to my senses! I mean that in a good way. This snippet is no exception. :-) Nicely done.

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