Blood and Runes

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.


He wastes no time. Already the moonlight has crept across the box, and if he misses this opportunity, it will be weeks before another presents itself.

He slips his tongue between his teeth -- and bites down, hard, severing the flesh. He takes the torn tip of his tongue between his fingers, even as his mouth fills with blood. He turns his head to the side and spits, a misty spray of blood and saliva.

Then he leans forward, the moonlight washing over him, and licks the top of the box. He takes his time, caressing the box with his tongue with a movement that is almost sensual. The blood from his mouth fills the depressions in the wood, up to the brim and then some, so that each appears as a black bead of fluid in the moonlight. The box itself drinks up the remaining blood, so that when he is done and straightens again, the box appears to have been set with dark, glistening glass jewels.

It is enough. With a click a seam appears around the perimeter of the box, and wisps of vapor seep through the gap.


Comments (3 so far!)

Average reader rating 5.00/5

ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

That was quite a painful sacrifice, but the reader hopes it was worth it.

  • Posted 9 days ago
TheCheshireChris

TheCheshireChris

That got dark quick and unexpectedly. I like it though. It really gives the box a certain depth to me, almost like it is a character or something, if that makes any sense.

  • Posted 9 days ago
  • 5 out of 5
Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Anything that comes from the Market of the Macabre is ultimately going to lead somewhere dark. As for the box, it is merely a vessel, though this is probably not the first time it has been used. I can see how its mystical properties might lend it a sort of personality of its own, even though it's certainly not alive in any way we might think of.

  • Posted 8 days ago

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