Color of Blood
Copyright Fiona Black 2011
Published by Secret Fire Press
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Marlena stumbled on the buckled sidewalk in the dark. Stubbed her toe against the inside of her boot. One more place on her body that hurt. The humid wind chilled her. She hugged herself. Realized she’d left her coat . . . somewhere. Back at the house? She wasn’t even wearing her street clothes.
She took inventory: sleeveless gray on black zip-front latex mini-dress, bare legs. On New Year’s Eve. Marks on her wrists from the cuffs and—
She expanded her focus a little. The houses all looked the same—big front yards full of St. Augustine and dandelions. Vaguely ranch style one-stories. Shuttered windows for eyes. All of it sepia-toned in the night. A black and white movie.