Here is my entry to this week’s Friday Fictioneers. The idea is to write a piece of flash fiction (in this case, a piece of approximately 100 words) prompted/inspired by the following image:
The original image, along with a full explanation of the Friday Fictioneers concept, can be found at:
So here’s the story; as always I appreciate any thoughts, comments and ideas for improvement. Enjoy!
Their ritual complete, the three students waited by the ancient stone, anxious to subjugate their promised elemental. Behind them, the night unfurled and a shadowed and noxious thing coalesced into being. He fell upon them with a grim silence, rending and eviscerating until only a fine blood mist remained.
As sanguine Rorschach blots formed on the rock, a second, more mundane shadow shuffled among the mulch and decay of the forest.
“The Blood Lichen is seeded once again, my Lord. Why do you desire it so?”
The query was met with a dry chuckle, not unlike the sound of dead leaves crumbling.
“Because, my dear Faestus, without it my soups would be terribly bland.”