Nursery #410…



Dank. Acrid. Sickening sweet. Death’s smell… pure and simple.

Taki gulped, wrinkling her nose as she dumped another shovel of debri on the screen. A small form appeared. Steel bracelet intact. Body, half melted, half rotted. Her eyes stung. She forced a hard swallow, cutting off a scream.

‘Reni.’ Her voice rose.

‘Yep?’ He paused, leaning on the handle of his shovel.

‘I – You need to see this.’ She swallowed hard, holding back vomit.

Reni joined her. ‘Aw, no. Not another one.’

‘Three.’ She choked out.

Silence fell over everyone.

wc: 90


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43 thoughts on “Nursery #410…

    1. I wrote this as a prompt for myself for my current WIP ‘The Return’, where they have returned after a war and cleaning out the debri in order to rebuild. The area in this segment is one of the Cryo-nurseries that housed thousands of embryos to infants. Truly horrid to think about so many dead to find.

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  1. …Shudder… This is so unpleasantly well written, if that’s not a contradiction in terms. It brings to mind some particular serial killers of children in the UK, one of whom died recently. The trouble is, when the perpetrators of such crimes are totally devoid of remorse, I think that if there is a hell, such monsters might actually like it there D:

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    1. Indeed. too. In this case, the perp/crazy-a* dictator died going mad in a cell that overlooked a plaza built of his victim’s bones forever set in concrete. An absolutely horrid way to go, killed by one’s own insanity. History can be quite a wealth of information for horror writing.

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      1. Having worked in psychiatry, and for a short time in a locked forensic unit, nothing surprises me anymore. As for crazy leaders, I think there are plenty of them out there now, torturing and killing people, although it’s probably safer not to write stories about them.

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      2. Write the stories… just write them in fiction format. Sci-fiction is great for that. 🙂 Make the ruler an alien, even better. -giggles… Something both Stephen King and James Michener both suggested to us in Young Authors.

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      3. I have a tendency to become impatient with writers who are dry and long-winded. It’s a case of life is too short to bother when there are so may other novels out there that are less hard work. The older I get, the more sympathy I have with publisher and agents who read the first page or two of a submission and dump it if it doesn’t grab them immediately. Of course, sometimes they probably miss a gem, but… come to think of it, even Stephen King can be long-winded, however, nobody could accuse him of being dry or boring for a minute.

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