Old Wives’ Tales

Creative Works, Fiction

Appears in: Horror Tree – Trembling With Fear

Release Date: May 19/2019

Summary: A woman tracks a witch’s consort after her child is attacked.

Read it below, or online at Horror Tree.


Old Wives’ Tales

The women of my village believed that cats sucked the breath from babes. I didn’t believe them until I saw my own child gasping for breath, a black cat perched on his chest.

I drove it out with a poker from the fire, slashing its eye. It escaped and fled into the woods. Pursuing the creature, I watched it slip through the open window of a shack where an old crone lived alone.

A maiden answered the door, a vision of the crone on her younger years. I gasped as she emerged from the shadows: she was missing an eye.

END

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