Lethean Shroud

The night breeze sighed as it pursued Rayanna like a specter through the dark forest. Its breath needled through her damp blouse and prickled her skin. She hugged her arms and rubbed the stubborn chills. But, more than the misty air triggered her shivers. She whipped her head in the direction…

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Lethean Shroud

The water dragged at Rayanna's clothing as she trudged across the stream's flow. A dripping cocoon of clingy hair and cloth, she emerged with soggy, weighted steps and slogged across the rocky bank. She tugged her blouse at various spots to peel it from her skin. Wrung from the fabric, mineral-scented…

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Lethean Shroud

Darkness swallowed her a few mere steps off the path's edge. Near blindness crippled her gait to a stumbling run through varied shades of black. Brambles clawed at Rayanna's face and sleeves as she plunged deeper into the forest's matted hide. She raised her linked forearms to shield her face. Straining…

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Lethean Shroud

Earthy odors clung to the damp forest air. In the darkness, even the smell of decayed wood reeked of sinister motives. Moss carpeted most of her winding path and devoured saplings at its edges. Hints of musk wafted along with the irony scent of blood to assault her senses, and Rayanna…

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Lethean Shroud

Mist slithered over the mossy forest floor and wound through the tangles of thorny brush. Spectral fog tendrils reached onto the narrow path and dissipated. A remnant, yet invisible chill tickled at Rayanna's legs as she ventured deeper into the woods. With each rustle or twig snap, she stiffened. She recognized…

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Lethean Shroud

Grassy tendrils wound around Rayanna's limbs and snagged at the cuffs binding her wrists. She commando-crawled, staying low to clear the overturned squadcar's hood. Her forearms and calves sank into the silty muck and rancid ditchwater sloshed at her shoulders. Weeds swatted her face. She spat a gritty, foul sploosh from…

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Lethean Shroud

Grassy tendrils wound around Rayanna's limbs and snagged at the cuffs binding her wrists. She commando-crawled, staying low to clear the overturned squadcar's hood. Her forearms and calves sank into the silty muck and rancid ditchwater sloshed at her shoulders. Weeds swatted her face. She spat a gritty, foul sploosh from…

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Relent: A New Paranormal Read

Allow me to welcome distinguished author, Kat Heckenbach as today's guest post contributor. I recommend her writing to avid readers of speculative fiction, and look forward to each new release. When I started writing Relent, I used the working title Guilty. My goal was to show that anyone, no matter how…

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Lethean Shroud

Throbs pounded Rayanna's temples, confirming pain as the rudest awakening. She blinked away sticky drizzle, which flowed up her cheeks--the wrong direction. Pressure dug into her hips and shoulder. Her aching arms hung past her ears. Her wrists clinked as she drew them closer. With a brush of her hair against…

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Lethean Shroud

Rayanna's joints ached as she slid into the back seat of the patrol car. She opened her mouth to protest, but had nothing to say in her defense. How could I forget whether or not I had killed someone? After shutting her inside, the officer fetched gloves from the front cab. He…

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