Soft granules shift with each step as I walk the sandy strip. They ease between my toes, slide over my sandaled feet; leave a rim of grit around each nail-bed. A favored place, this swing. During the day, it basks in the full cast of sun’s light; at night, it hides in the coolness of evening’s deepest shadow. A place to laugh, to steal a kiss, perhaps a first touch… Hallowed ground made sacred by whispered promises broken only by those foolish enough to make them.

I sit. The ropes stretch taut, the plank groans beneath me as the swing gently begins to sway. My mind wanders, time passes; my thoughts fill with remembrance of you. The shade of the tree swallows me as day turns to dusk and dusk quickly flees before night. The image of you with another beneath our swing flashes by; my rage no less tempered with time. I kick my sandals aside, dig my toes deep into the soft sand. I reach for you. I know you’re there, you promised you always would be, a promise I saw kept with pickax and spade. The only blight on our perfect evening… the cunt that lies dead beside you, but I can look past that and enjoy our time together, if only in my mind.

~ Nina D’Arcangela

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About Nina D'Arcangela

Nina D’Arcangela is a quirky horror writer who likes to spin soul rending snippets of despair. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She's an UrbEx adventurer who suffers from unquenchable wanderlust. She loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old graveyards. Nina is co-owner of Sirens Call Publications, co-founder of the horror writer's group 'Pen of the Damned', and if that isn't enough, put a check mark in the box next to owner and resident nut-job of Dark Angel Photography.

17 responses to “Granules”

  1. Brian Moreland says :

    Beautiful writing, Nina. I love how it gets vicious at the end. I could feel the sand on my feet.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Brian Moreland says :

    Reblogged this on THE CRYPT OF HORROR and commented:
    This week’s horror short story is a beautiful and darkly written piece “Granules” by Nina D’Arcangela.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Lee Andrew Forman says :

    Love this piece! You took such an innocent and pleasant photo and ripped something vicious out of it. Beautiful work!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Joseph Pinto says :

    Awesome piece, Nina! Complete with your trademark viciousness, too!! Loved it! 🙂


  5. afstewart says :

    A great and creepy story.


  6. John Potts Jr says :

    You have this subtle buildup hidden underneath gorgeous prose that is so… So… We’ll, I never see the brutal twists coming. Great story as always Nina!


  7. jonolsonauthor says :

    A heart warming and viciously dark piece, Nina! I loved it!


  8. jonolsonauthor says :

    Reblogged this on Jon Olson and commented:
    GRANULES by Pen of the Damned’s Nina D’Arcangela


  9. Nina D'Arcangela says :

    Thank you for reblogging ‘Granules’, Lee! 😀


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