Tiny Cages

Veronica Magenta Nero crafts a haunting piece on this weeks Pen of the Damned. Her prose is chilling and beautiful, filled with sorrow and macabre details. Come on over to Pen of the Damned and give a read!

Pen of the Damned

Your grave is unmarked to all eyes but mine. The cobbled path is cool, almost sharp and so familiar against my bare feet, a track I am compelled to tread over and over. Harsh stones become damp grass becomes soft dirt the further from the house I walk, into the woods where the tension falls from my body and my gaze lifts, no longer fearful of being condemned.

The world has become my silent jury. When I must go into town, I walk with my head down to avoid the pity and suspicion on faces that watch me pass. The verdict is plain on tight silent lips, and hanging in the air around me—guilty. Let them have their gossip, their macabre fantasies, they will never know the truth of what took place.

The house we once shared is a vast empty space abandoned of meaning. I have…

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Author: John Potts Jr

What keeps John awake at night? Humans. Our history, condition, and capabilities are a top focus for John as he conjures the terror of what we—be it an individual or a mass—can do. John also has an obsession for comedy and his online series, The Misadventures of Sam and Ghoul, incorporates that love with his past experiences. John will tell you that he prefers Ketchum over King, has played Magic: The Gathering for twenty years (what a nerd), believes that music is just as important as water, and despite being a self-appointed recluse he does enjoy getting out and about. John hails from Maine with his wonderful family and their home is, quite appropriately, in front of a cemetery.

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