Flash fiction 21 – Word Prompt – Love
Her eyes fluttered open sluggishly.
She didn’t know where she was. She couldn’t remember yesterday.
She grimaced, and then regretted it. Her head hurt like hell on the left side. She began to frame a thought about why and went still as memory slapped her in the face.
She’d been thrown into a car. She’d walked out of school planning her defense against a lunch of broccoli.
Then suddenly, her feet had gone off the ground, her head had hit something hard, and the world went black.
She opened her mouth and then realised that she couldn’t feel her tongue.
Fear dropped like a stone in her stomach, till she realised that there was some cloth stuffed in her mouth, and her tongue was fine.
She started to raise her arm to take the cloth out – and realised that her arms were numb, and behind her back, with some sort of rope around them. And her legs too.
She looked up. And saw him sitting on a chair. The knife in his hand glinted at her.
She stared at him, realising that a numb tongue and numb arms were the least of her problems.
He smiled and leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees. The “LOVE” tattoo on his arm undulated.
She began to cry, keening sounds escaping her gagged mouth.