Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Tantalizing Tuesday - Menace

“Hold still.”
Marla tried not to look. She squeezed her eyes shut and held her breath, but it still seemed she was vibrating. A high keen escaped.
“Is it gone?” she begged.
“Not yet. You are okay. Don’t freak out.”
Easy for him to say, he didn’t have death walking across his collarbone.
The black menace had infected more in a week than AIDS in a decade. Of course it did. Who would be afraid of a butterfly?
“Seriously, David. Tell me what to do.”
“What do you feel?”
“FREAKED OUT!” Marla shouted.
The black wings opened and closed and Marla slapped a hand over her mouth. This was it. She was a dead woman. It would take hours to kill her, but her fate was sealed.
“Wait.” David leaned in, examining her pale skin. “There’s nothing there. No mark.”
Marla’s brow furrowed. They bit and left a black spidery residue behind. “But, it flew away. They don’t do that.” Marla shuddered more now that she didn’t need to hold still. “Where did it go?”
David shrugged. “That doesn’t matter. What’s important is that we get back in the compound.”

Behind the netting and electric fence, all for a butterfly.

Ack! Get it off! No, just kidding. Make sure you check the other teasers by visiting the blog.


  1. Angelica, this one had a lot going on in such a short amount of time. I went from smiling to worried and back to smiling again. Very nice tease.

  2. Very haunting! Are tjey sure the butterfly can bite and cause death? Or are they freaked because they stepped out of the compound and lost their security? You have to reveal more unless I missed previous excerpts. I like the story.

  3. Yikes! A very different sort of 'short'! Very original!

  4. Wow, this was intriguing. I grew interested in this segment, and even wondered what was there to fear. Nice post.

  5. There, that's it, right there...there goes that mind of yours again. Who thinks of stuff like this? I surely am not this clever, but you, dear Angelica, are. I never know when I open the door to your blog exactly what I am going to find. Outstanding, really wonderful. I caught myself going from what's the big deal to run, run, run!! All for a wee butterfly and your pen...xo

  6. Wow, gripping tease, Angelica :-)

  7. Great teaser. Tension right to the very last word. Love it!


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