Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation.
And the World Crumbled is my current work in progress. I had hoped to be done with it by now, but an unidentifiable ache in my shoulder (plus my child just recovering from wisdom teeth surgery) is slowing me down. It’s a dark fantasy/horror short story set a few days before the end of In Pain and Blood and follows Henrie, an elven spellster who is also a trans man, as he tries to escape the events happening around him.
It’s perhaps the darkest piece I’ve written to date. Lots of death, blood and general nastiness. If you’ve the ending of In Pain and Blood, you’ve probably a fair idea of what’s to come.
We’ll start at the beginning…
The air was thick with screams and the scent of blood. Henrie hadn’t even known it had a smell. Certainly not this bitter metallic odour. He only ever dealt with blood once a month and it never smelt this bad.
Or perhaps it was the things mingled within that stunk. The glistening tubes spilling from bellies or the jellified red-streaked-grey masses leaking from their heads.
He tried not to think about any of it as he stepped over the dead, but the smell clogged his throat and squeezed his chest tighter than his last binder. It didn’t help that he was covered in their blood, an unfortunate side-effect of hiding beneath the dying to avoid joining their fate.
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2 thoughts on “Rainbow Snippets: Blood has a smell.”
Henry has better luck with the monthly blood than I did. I always thought it had an awful smell. However, I had extremely heavy periods. I was not sorry when menopause arrived.