A skinny moon is more dangerous than a full moon: “I know that now,” he said.
A furtive meeting in the shadow of the dunes. Two people where they didn’t belong. Just him and her alone, that was the problem. A thin strap slipped off her shoulder at the wrong time. Her sudden big eyes, the comprehension, the oh no.
“A mistake for sure, but not her fault, not really mine,” he said, pleading to the twelve. He was just trying to teach her a lesson, there under that shiv of a moon, stabbed into the star-freckled flesh of the sky.
Rémi Savard says
“She shouldn’t dress that way” has never been told so beautifully. Unless I’m reading this wrong (also I’m condoning the defense!!!). The moon here is both gorgeous and dangerous.
Travis Stephens says
Terrific opening line.
Alex Markovich says
Rémi, I do hope you’re reading this wrong.
Joyce Adams says
What a poetic last line, which describes with great beauty what is essentially a gruesome crime. Wow.
This is chilling and effective. And triggering (says this female)
The analogy is definietly out of the box and the correlation between the dark night and the act itself is remarkable.
Ed G Kratz says
Excellent. Powerful story. Well done.
So much implied with a few words. Chills.
Nicely done 🙂
Siobhan Wright says
This is truly a wonderful story. The story progresses swiftly to that haunting last line. It is poetry, the “shiv of the moon.”
Rebbecca Bakre says
Wow. Dark indeed, and so profound. I could read it a thousand times and still find a new parallel. Powerfully effective, as others have said.