26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner
My head is throbbing. At least it’s dark in here.
Where is here?
This isn’t my couch in the basement, because there’s no bunched cushion lump under my back. It can’t be my bed, because it’s too small. And this isn’t my lawn chair. It’s far too dark and quiet for this to be my backyard.
I sit up and feel around for some hair-of-the-dog. There are no bottles nearby. Nor are there any gravestones. At least I’m not sleeping thirty-seven rows down between the second and third stones again.
I clamor to my feet, but fall flat on my face.
“What in the harbor?” My right ankle is wrapped with what looks like seaweed that glows when I move. I check for a way to get it off.
“Don’t touch.” A dimly lit gloved hand lands on mine. A veil streaked with dim light covers a head that shakes back and forth.
“Who are you? Where am I?”
Swirls that seem bioluminescent radiate from twirling fabric, outlining feminine looking curves. The light fades as the wearer settles beside me. The position is intimate, our bodies entwined like lovers relishing the moments after sex.
I scoot away.
“Do I offend you?”
Her voice is charming. The accent is one I haven’t heard before. Just a hint of the one my wife had though.
“I’m uncomfortable because I don’t know you, I don’t know where I am, and I don’t know what’s wrapped around my leg.”
Her gloves glow as she takes my hand.
“I am your trophy.”
I pull away. “Yeah, the trophies I have at home are made of metal. They don’t talk, glow, or cuddle. And none of them are the size of a person. Try again.”
“You won me, Attie of Earth. You defeated Googahlack. That is how you hurt your ankle. I applied healing worms while you slept.”
I rub my head. “Googahlack? Healing worms? Look, I need some coffee and aspirin, Miss… what’d you say your name is?”
“What are coffee and aspirin?”
“Hell. This is Hell. Funny, thought it’d hotter. So, are you a demon?”
Sobbing sounds assault my ears. Her fabric lights up as she moves. She flees several feet away before her fabric’s light fades to dark.
If there were an award show for upsetting females, I’d win every year.
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