Short Story: A Darker Moon

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Diane Dickson


Beautiful moonlight, but what is hiding in the shadows


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It was a full moon last night. I went to lock the doors and the moon shadows attracted my attention. The trees at the bottom of the garden are pines, dark coloured in the summer and black in the winter moonlight. Between them is just darkness, pits in the fabric of reality. I watched the shadows as they deepened taking on a quality richer than before. The silver moonglow tumbled downwards into the void, stardust into the black hole. As I stared the blackness crept forward a treacly slithering across the dark lawns. At first it seemed nothing more than just the reaching branches casting their shadows in a new direction but the darkness advanced.

The part of my mind not numbed by the sight of the garden being swallowed by the blackness said I was safe. Have another drink, go to bed. Tomorrow is soon enough to go out there, to find the explanation. Too late, it had me in…

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Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "thank you so much, this is an old piece - it's nice when they pop up again. Can I tempt you to read The River it was one of my first on this site and I still rather like it."
3 years ago
Free Name said "great .. very good"
4 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "thank you so much - Diane"
4 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor said "Rooting around in the back catalogues, Diane, and stumbled into this. Not much to add to what has already been said - good phrasing as always - excellent descriptive writing - really enjoyed this - thanks Adam"
6 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "thank you as always for reading but mainly for taking the time to comment. I am so glad that you enjoyed this piece - Best wishes - Diane"
6 years ago
Desmond Kelly said "Really great. You've got the genre just right. I'm not generally a fan of vampire stuff but this was pitched perfectly."
6 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you so very much Desmond, glad you enjoyed it."
6 years ago
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Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you Jay for reading and taking the time to comment. This one started off more as an excercise to give my descriptive writing a bit of a whack on the side of the head. It was originally part of a longer piece but I cut it down for the site and yes in the full length story it certainly was a precursor to something else, how very astute of you. thanks again - Diane"
7 years ago
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Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "thank you yet again for taking the time to look at my work and especially for commenting. I am humbled by your kind words thank you. - Diane"
7 years ago

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