Trifecta: Stygian Shore
The witch finished the incantation and held her breath for a long moment, waiting. A gust of icy wind swept past the candles ringing her living room, and a hollow voice sounded. “Who summons me?” A figure stepped out of the shadows into the circle of flame.
The witch’s eyes widened. Tall and bony she had been expecting. Dark flames in the eye sockets, check. And okay, the grimoire hadn’t actually said there’d be black robes and a scythe, but this… It was wearing a white wifebeater and a baseball cap — backward. A shiny black button shirt was slung over its shoulder, and the waistband of a pair of striped shorts protruded from the top of the jeans. She couldn’t keep herself from reading it. Abercr– She shook herself.
“You’re kidding me.”
“What?” It had sounded ominous the first time. This time, it had all the gravitas of a sullen teenager, and a distinct resort-town accent.
She waved her hands at it, at a loss for words. There was a weirdly orange cast to the bone. She craned her head. “Is that a spray tan?”
The dread figure managed to look embarrassed, hunching its shoulders. “Tanning beds don’t work for me. Look, did you summon me or what?”
She couldn’t stop staring. An atrocious diamond stud had been glued to the side of his skull where the ear would have been. “Did I?” She trailed off. “Are you Death?” This was not how she’d pictured the afterlife.
The flames in the eye sockets rolled. “You said the incantation wrong. I’m the Death of Civilization.” It twirled a universal remote control in one hand.
“Well. I suppose I should have known that,” she said, mostly to herself.
“Uh, yeah. If you could just stand in the center of the circle –” She hurriedly performed the dismissal, and the apparition vanished. She stood there for a moment, staring, before turning to blow out the candles.
“I’m canceling my cable,” she muttered.
Welcome to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge! This week called for 33 to 333 words on the third definition of the word DEATH (noun):
1a : a permanent cessation of all vital functions : the end of life
b : an instance of dying <a disease causing many deaths>
2a : the cause or occasion of loss of life <drinking was the death of him>
b : a cause of ruin <the slander that was death to my character — Wilkie Collins>
3 capitalized : the destroyer of life represented usually as a skeleton with a scythe
Thanks for reading!