Husk

Jim Stitzel

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I’m a full-time code-wrangler with far, far too much to do.


As the shade drifts by one particularly large oak, its glow momentarily illuminates a small, bulbous husk. There's just time to see a seam in the husk pucker before the shade glides by, returning the husk to darkness.

But then, a low, sustained intake of breath arrests the shade's forward movement for just a second -- and then it begins to drift backward. The husk comes into the light once more as the shade is pulled closer. The husk's steady inhalation intensifies, halting the shade's movement altogether. Streamers of ethereal matter pull away from the shade, spiraling downward to the husk, where the seam has parted just enough to engulf the streamers, trapping them inside.

The shade's form begins to stretch and distend as the husk draws it in. Bit by bit the shade is pulled into the husk, until finally, nothing remains. The forest is plunged into full night once more.

Then, the sounds of the forest grow quiet and still. They are replaced by the sound of the husk, slowly chewing.


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slapdashmonuments

slapdashmonuments

I am shhhhivering!! Fantastic, very vivid! Your stories never disappoint.

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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Thank you, sir. Kind words. I've had this one sitting in draft form for a couple of months. It got bigger than I expected, so I had to break it into more bite-size pieces to put it up here. :)

  • #1239 Posted 2 years ago
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slapdashmonuments

slapdashmonuments

I had not realized that! OK, back to the first part! :D

  • #1241 Posted 2 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Carnivorous trees. Poor fairy-person. I can't picture a shade like that since reading Eragon. :P

  • #1246 Posted 2 years ago
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Storykeeper

Storykeeper

Holy moly. I had a very visceral reaction to this--widened eyes and sharp intake of breath. It's the chewing! So effective!

  • #1250 Posted 2 years ago
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