I’d always been at odds with my friend Sophie’s fascination for the macabre.  While I enjoyed a light-hearted romcom, her tastes favoured the dark side.  And whereas I obsessed over the latest teenage heartthrob, she swooned over Dracula.

It was her idea to take the shortcut to college, through the graveyard, that day we first encountered Mary.  The weather-beaten marble headstone, engraved with roses and fang-like thorns, drew Sophie like a magnet.  But what intrigued us both was Mary’s age, the same as ours, and the inscription that read ‘From darkness she will rise’.

With Halloween approaching, it was no surprise Sophie was desperate we participate.  But the thought of swapping my ‘too cool for school’ image, for a night of ‘trick and treating’, had me cringing.  And I’d never have agreed if it hadn’t been for charity.

Over the following weeks, we mastered basic magic tricks that we planned to perform in return for a donation.  And that was when Sophie threw a curve ball.  Vampires!  We’d entertain our public in the bloodcurdling form of …Vampires!  It was guaranteed, she convinced me, to increase our earning potential.

Wrapped in a black velvet cloak, crimson red lipstick dominating my chalk-white complexion, I ventured into the night.

The graveyard, eerily bathed in the evening mist, sent shivers through me.  I’d arrived early, so was relieved that Sophie was already waiting beside Mary’s grave.  Her lips, tinged with blue, curved in a welcoming smile as I approached.

She was unrecognisable.  Her skin, so pale it was virtually translucent.  Her bloodshot eyes, almost demonic.  I’d guessed she would outshine me, but this was impressive.

Our tricks were well rewarded.  None more so than Sophie’s ‘teeth to fangs’ transformation, that drew gasps, even from me.  I’d never seen it before.

Back at the graveyard, our goodbyes said, I turned to leave.  Suddenly, I felt a sharp pain in my neck, rendering me helpless, euphoric and consumed with exquisite pleasure.

Sophie never forgave me for not showing up that night.  But she’s somewhat compensated that, since then, I prefer horror movies and drool over Dracula.

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1 year ago

We loved the literal transformation of the narrator in this story. We also have a special fondness for stories that leave us a bit mystified, and this one does just that. Was it Sophie or Mary in the graveyard that night? Are they one and the same? Why did Sophie think her friend didn’t show up? The questions are delicious, like the story. Oh yes, and we loved the title.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Very atmospheric and creepy Linda. Enjoyed reading it.

Genya Johnson
Genya Johnson (@genya-johnson)
1 year ago

Very clever and imaginative. You certainly drew me straight into the story.

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Inderjeet Deusi
Inderjeet Deusi (@inderjeet-deusi)
1 year ago

Hi Linda, I enjoyed reading the story.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

That took some thinking about at the end, but I think I have worked it out now. Well done.

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Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary (@emily-oleary)
1 year ago

I did wonder when I got to the line, “She was unrecognisable”…!

Really enjoyed this Linda!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Nicely written Linda, you got right into the story from the beginning. I like the bit(e) at the end!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Congratulations Linda. I’m so pleased for you 🙂

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Inderjeet Deusi
Inderjeet Deusi (@inderjeet-deusi)
1 year ago

Congratulations Linda, it was a well written story and I’m glad one of the write academy got picked.

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary (@emily-oleary)
1 year ago

Big congratulations Linda! Very pleased for you ?

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

Congratulations on runner up, Linda. What is the write academy?

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Congratulations Linda and Well Done, I loved your story. – Eric.

Juma
Juma (@juma)
1 year ago

Hello Linda and congratulations! I love that your story is from a teenager’s perspective, and that it plays out in a graveyard. Very sinister, very spooky, and very mysterious! I still don’t know who was who – so I play it out in my head sometimes to consider different explanations. Wait a minute … is there a clue in the title itself? “From Darkness She Will Rise”. I hadn’t figured that in to the myriad of questions at the end. Let me think some more 😉

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

Congratulations to the success with your story, Linda. You deserve it! Yours story is very well written.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
1 year ago

Congratulations,miss Linda, for your wonderful story. It creates so many questions whose answers are up to the readers to find out.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
1 year ago

What a delight to hear you read your story as an audio presentation, Linda! I enjoyed “From Darkness She Will Rise” when I first read it at Halloween, and now it is even more enjoyable in your own unique voice. I hope you will record often – you seem to have the perfect voice for it.

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