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Trifecta Week Sixty-Four: Let the Sunshine In

The weather outside is frightful…

Oh, sorry. It’s been chilly and rainy here, but I am thankful not to live in Connecticut or any of the areas in the Northeast that were hit with snow; I’ve had enough issues just looking at the snow on the distant peaks near our house. Selfish, yes? Hey, waddya want from me? That’s why I moved to Southern California in the first place; in fact, I feel somewhat cheated since no one told me it even snowed anywhere near here. And no, I didn’t notice the signs to Big Bear when we first moved. Harumph.

Anyway, I digress. It’s time for Trifecta! I skimped on the Trifextra this week and am back with…something. I was going to say a vengeance, but that’s not quite right for a Monday. Monday vengeance should be something like this:

Copyright: Watterson

Not very vengeance-like, is it?

Well, anyway. The prompt this week is


: to remain for a time
a: to live as a resident
Now, on to my submission, finally.
Katerina sat in the middle of the floor, blood dripping from the ends of her nails. She turned her hands, first palms-up and then palms-down, slowly; as the blood congealed, it stopped dripping but instead ran from one side of her hands to the other and eventually dried completely, coating her with red gloves. Viktor was dead this time, for sure; his crumpled body lay mixed in with the sheets as silence answered her labored breathing. She turned slowly and saw his hand hanging from the side of the bed. There wasn’t much of him left intact. A smile crept across her scarred face as the first rays of sun attempted to enter the room. When the sun finally reached her she didn’t scream, instead choosing to dwell on the look of utter terror on Viktor’s face as she tore into him. She melted away with the satisfaction of knowing that for the first time in three centuries,  Viktor would never torture her again.


  1. atrm61 February 11, 2013 9:00 pm

    Vampire or werewolf?Three centuries-omg!Liked the way you built this up:-)

    • AR Neal February 11, 2013 9:05 pm

      🙂 Thank you! I was thinking vampire for sure 🙂

      • atrm61 February 11, 2013 9:09 pm

        Lol,Andree’-we think alike I guess-bloodthirsty,aren’t we?;-)

        • AR Neal February 11, 2013 9:42 pm


          • atrm61 February 11, 2013 9:48 pm


  2. themisanthropicmuse February 11, 2013 9:35 pm

    She melted away with the satisfaction of knowing that for the first time in three centuries, Viktor would never torture her again.

    Why are these vampire guys all such jerks? Good for her. 🙂 Loved this magnificently morbid tale.

    • AR Neal February 11, 2013 9:42 pm

      🙂 Thank you! It just kinda fell together 🙂

  3. Bee February 11, 2013 10:56 pm

    Revenge is sweet!

    • AR Neal February 11, 2013 10:56 pm

      Very true, Bee!

  4. deanabo February 11, 2013 11:50 pm

    1) I love the style of your blog.
    2) You are a very talented writer!

    • AR Neal February 11, 2013 11:59 pm

      {grins wildly} thank you!! I enjoy yours too. I used to write poetry, but the pieces were too long. I admire how much you can get into a few words!

      • deanabo February 12, 2013 12:14 am

        Thank you/ I sometimes close my eyes and type. What ever ends up is it. Then I hit publish.

        • AR Neal February 12, 2013 1:31 am

          It’s working 🙂

  5. jannatwrites February 12, 2013 5:48 am

    Yikes! That last line gave me a shiver 😮

    • AR Neal February 12, 2013 1:44 pm


  6. kz February 12, 2013 5:58 am

    ooh vampires are sexy ^^ and so is the name Viktor ^^ but i’m so glad he won’t torture her again. great story ^^

    • AR Neal February 12, 2013 1:44 pm

      Hahaha! Thank you, kz!

  7. Annabelle February 12, 2013 5:23 pm

    i like that she “melted” instead of burning; goes so much better with the satisfaction of finally getting what she wanted!

    • AR Neal February 12, 2013 5:35 pm

      Thank you, Annabelle! That is what I was going for!

  8. kgwaite February 12, 2013 5:50 pm

    Ooohhh. Creepy. Want to read more.

    • AR Neal February 12, 2013 9:29 pm

      Yes, it does leave the door open for more, doesn’t it? Maybe…who knows!

  9. Jennifer February 12, 2013 8:55 pm

    I love a good vengeance story.

    • AR Neal February 12, 2013 9:29 pm

      Ha, Jennifer! So true! Every now and again, it does feel good, those just desserts 🙂

  10. Suzanne February 13, 2013 1:02 am

    Fantastic! Love the line “There wasn’t much of him left intact.” Creepy but satisfying, the way vengeance ought to be!

    • AR Neal February 13, 2013 1:37 am

      🙂 Thank you, Suzanne! I certainly agree!

  11. Draug419 February 13, 2013 1:37 am

    Mmmmmmm yummy story (:

    • AR Neal February 13, 2013 1:40 am

      🙂 Thank you!

  12. KymmInBarcelona February 13, 2013 4:22 pm

    A murder/suicide crime scene before the investigators arrive. Wonderfully creepy.

    • AR Neal February 13, 2013 4:29 pm

      Thank you, Kymm! I was going for creepy 🙂

  13. Jayne Martin February 13, 2013 5:20 pm

    Good for Katerina! Love the relish with which she finished him off! And the blood forming red gloves on her hands — great imagery!

    • AR Neal February 13, 2013 5:20 pm

      Thank you, Jayne!

  14. Sarah Ann February 15, 2013 5:57 pm

    Loved the imagery of coating her hands in blood. Good one.

    • AR Neal February 15, 2013 5:59 pm

      thank you 🙂

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