Tastes of the Darkness Submission: "The Pot"

Posted on: May 26th, 2006 by Anthony Rapino 10 Comments

This is my contribution to the new site, Tastes of the Darkness (see sidebar link).
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The Pot
By Anthony J. Rapino

The silver cover jostles nervously as steam escapes the pot; sharp overhead lights glint and Samantha watches. Her left hand grips a stained potholder.

In the distorted reflection on the pot, she sees stringy hair hanging over her face, leaving a stripe of pale flesh—forehead to chin.

Yellowed foam discharges from between lid and lip, spilling over the sides in an infected waterfall. The blue-flamed burner hisses as liquid deposits under the pot.

Samantha lurches forward and twists the black knob until the fire extinguishes. She inhales and wrinkles her nose. Using the potholder, she removes the lid and peers inside the pot. Billowing steam surrounds her face with the scent of rendered fat. It smells like night, and she knows it will taste like darkness.

She turns and stares at the unconscious man duct taped to her good dining room chair. Blood covers the left armrest where the man’s hand used to lay. Turning back to the pot, she licks her lips and whispers, “First course.”

Ladling pot liquor into a glass bowl, she considers her next two courses—the ones that will leave her alone in the apartment once more.

10 Responses

  1. Bhaswati says:

    I enjoyed reading this, Anthony. It is vivid, chilling, and complete despite its briefness. Clever use of the phrase Tastes of Darkness. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Anthony J. Rapino says:

    Thanks Sury,

    Yeah, I’m not entirely sure how the website (Tastes of Darkness) is going to work, but I think the owner of the site posts all of the flash peices he receives on his site.

  3. Carlos says:

    Thanks for bloglinking. Nice site. I like horror literature and movies. Specially Lovencraft.Keep up the good work

  4. jayne d'Arcy says:

    Very good imagery. Even in the early light of day, it’s creepy.

  5. cesarcarlos says:

    Nice chiller. I really like the visuals. A great piece in very few lines. Congrats!

  6. Anthony J. Rapino says:

    Thank you Jayne and Cesarcarlos.

    I hoped that the story would come across creepy. I love working with Flash Fiction because it forces you to boil down the prose (no pun intended).

  7. Clublint says:

    Eeeyewwww that was creepy and ack… good thing I didn’t have breakfast.

    As soon as I realised what was in the pot, the whole “infected waterfall” line got to me and ick.

    Great writing!

  8. Anthony J. Rapino says:

    Thank you, clublint. I’m glad I was able to gross you out.

  9. Melly says:

    Cool, Anthony. Very dark and creepy. Yikes! (in a good way 🙂

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