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Rules – 100 words max flash fiction or poetry using the following words – commit, barrel, courage.  Deadline is 9pm UK time on Thursday 19th  April 2012.


By Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw


Dark, morbid thoughts… coursing through her brain… a thick slurry of emotions.

But… always… the fear… this time… would courage come?

Their scritchling voices… “clean this… mend this… cook this… you ugly girl!”

Midnight hour… up from the basement she crept… silent as smoke.

Gliding between the beds… glint of steel in hand… faint ‘pop’ of flesh pierced.

Turning to the other bed… dagger poised… dripping blood… a last good-bye?

She leant down to the sleeping form… her mouth close to ear… whispering…

“Commit me?  I think not, dear step-sister!” 

Dagger’s plunge into beating heart…

The barrel in basement awaits.


© 2012 – Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw.  All Rights Reserved.


About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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