*a galloping adventure told in 99 words


Written by Kerry E.B. Black


Revulsion twisted Carleen’s insides, held her fast like a rabbit in a snake’s thrall. Her heart threatened to escape its cage or batter itself to a pulp. Chills and terror forced her hair to stand on end. Gasps for breath sounded as ragged and haphazard as the trails of her fleeing tears.

She took the tears as inspiration. They fled the horror her eyes beheld. She willed leaden muscles into compliance, giving an internal pep talk.

His hands felt like sandpaper, stripping her innocence. With a kick, she launched from his grip. Hair streamed behind her as she escaped.