The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
“Come in, my dear.”
The figure in the doorway was gaunt to the point of skeletal. The hair piled into an intricate coiffure atop her head was black with threads of silver glittering in its darkness. The only light came from a candelabra clutched in her bony fingers.. Flickering flames pulled hints of crimson from her velvet gown.
She turned and led the way into the depths of the mansion.
“Why am I here?”
“In good time.”
She gestured into an open doorway, and I stepped through the portal into a study papered with flocked red velvet. Chairs slip-covered in gold satin were pulled up to a circular glass table that felt out of place among the antique furnishings.
I did as she asked. She set the candles in the center of the table, and took the…
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