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By Celia in UnderlandPublished 5 months ago Updated 5 months ago 1 min read

Inspired by the Vocal Socical Challenge to create a micro-fiction in relation to the image.

The city pulsated with raw heat beneath the neon veined strands of fake light. The garish jaundice of night filtered into the sodden pavements; mingling with the stark glare of governmental imposed streetlights - casting uneasy shadows across the oblique tarmac of the streets, casting doubt amongst its metropolitan citizens.

She was unperturbed. The blood red stain of her trench coat and her dark unwavering eyes were all she needed to survive. Alluring. An enigma. By day she was a phantom, moving in-between circles, building networks – dealing in women.

By night she was a predator – enacting their vengeance; stalking sterile conference rooms, haunting gaudy faux-gold executive lounges, infiltrating ostentatious hotel suites. Her confident, beguiling laugh, a siren call. She could extract information in a gentle stroke of a varnished nail tip. A contrived wink of an innocent obsidian eye. A seductress in red. Scarlet. Deep and dark and all kinds of imaginary bold - perfectly balanced with a soft, feminine gentility. Men fell into her dagger willingly. And she knew it.

Scarlet, a descendant of the original Red had evolved somewhat from her great grandmother, as is the nature of survival. The wolves of her predessessor’s time were far more suited to the sluice of men. Armoured and bound by an allegiance to the Kings of the realm. Whichever realm. The protectors always wielded a bow, taut with privilege. And stained with deceit and false ideals.

Those were entirely different times

She, who had once been the victim, enlivened with the blood of man – gorged readily on vicarious revenge - her red stained lips would rid the city of wolves. Her fangs undetected until it was too late. For them. Alas, the frailty of man. Their vermillion iron surged into the fabric of her coat. Feeding her lifeblood. A trophy of sorts.

What once had been little. Usurped. Had grown into a beast to fear, The protector of her maternity.The hunted. Hunting. A She-wolf reclaimed.


About the Creator

Celia in Underland

Just a voice finding its echo. Teacher - reader-writer-cat lover. Wanderer. Weirder than a koala in The Arctic. Magpie for shiny words and stuff. Taking the scenic route home.

Admin @ FB VoIces in Minor

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  • The Invisible Writer4 months ago

    I just realized you made these a series now I’m scouring your page to read all of them

  • Sarah Danaher5 months ago

    good story it was very entertaining to read

  • Mariann Carroll5 months ago

    This is great story. The words you used in your story is very captivating and alluring at the same time 🥰

  • Omggggg, I aspire to be her!!! She's such a badass! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Little Red, all grown up & advancing through the generations into a force that needs no woodsman's rescue.

  • JBaz5 months ago

    Now that is character building. A must for future writings.

  • Real Poetic5 months ago

    You have such a great voice in your writing. It’s capturing and elegant. “Men fell into her dagger willingly.” This line is so raw and relatable. Great story telling.

  • Sara 5 months ago

    I love the power she reclaims ;)

  • Oooh what a great take , I love this

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    Wtg Red! And wtg you for creativity such a wonderful, captivating story. Excellent!

  • Caroline Jane5 months ago

    Powerful stuff!! An antihero is born and coming straight off the page swinging!! Bam! Love it. Grrrrr!!!! ❤️

  • Hannah Moore5 months ago

    Even as a woman, she just sounds too dangerous!

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