Ten year old with golden hair to her waist, Lila couldn’t understand the silence; yesterday her parents had laughed with her while she told them about school.
Now mother hid her tears before she managed to sob:
“Today you will enter another school, your father will take you.”
“I haven’t done nothing wrong, really haven’t,” Lila, stamped her foot.
“Just, get dressed,” her mother handed her the Sunday dress, leaving the nursery hiding her face.
Her father entered — ashen-faced he whispered.
“We have to leave my princess… Cthulhu craves a bride today.
“Family honor’s at stake.”
That plant looked a lot like a bunch of tentacles, which made me think about Lovecraft and his divine monsters craving sacrifices, which to me seems a bit like arranged marriages.
Friday Fictioneers is curated by her divine queen Rochelle, who always have a great story to tell. The challenge is simple, write a 100 word story in 100 words, and have fun.
I will get back and read as much as I can.
September, 4 2019
I am trolling through a few stories, making sure mine is original and came upon yours which isn’t but is. As you shall see later.
This was great!
Ha… I’m sure there will be a lot of tentacles tonight.
I know… which I am trying with all my might to avoid!
A unique twist on the evil plant – a horrible fate for the child!
Yes that plant really looks evil… devil’s snare?
Cthulhu? That’s HP Lovecraft, and horrrror…..
Oh exactly… and feeding little girls to a creepy deity is terrifying to me.
Frightening story. BTW, love the hopping froggie! 🙂
Had to have some fun after a terrifying story
Oh! 😦 Well done!
Wow, that was chilling! Poor little Lila.
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And I was thinking it was a routine couple splitting up and dad takes the child. I should have known better! Terrifying!
anything that doesn’t honour childhood is criminal whether it’s sacrifice, arranged marriage or slavery … the plant says it all!
I solid metaphor. Well done on a unique story featuring the prompt.
A disturbing tale.
Good old HP, that plant looks as if it is on the move.
Not the ending I anticipated. So sad.
My story – Billy and me!
I thought maybe she was going to boarding school. Guess not. Well done.
Interesting piece, Bjorn. I hadn’t heard the name Lila since my days in elementary school in which there was a Lila in my class. He father was a doctor. I don’t know what became of her. Perhaps she was sacrificed as well.
That doesn’t sound like it will end well. Nice one!
It is bit like an octopus with tentacles spreading everywhere. Nice nod to Lovecraft.
Family honour, an excuse for mob obedience. Shocking.
Chilling story. I can’t imagine sacrificing children. I’d be leaving that religion. Well done.
Great take. So much harm done in the name of family honour.
That was so original! Great job!
Family sending Lila to a different school to avoid child marriage or handover to potential groom?
sadly, in some culture, family honor reigns over everything else.
Nice story. Seemed so real, and I guess it is in some times or places.
..loyalty to one’s children should always come first.
Terrifying, and one hopes no one is continuing the terrible practice of child (girl) sacrifices.
Spine chilling, poor Lila -she doesn’t understand her fate, and her parents do. Skilfully written.
A horrible fate for poor Lila. And, you’re right, much like arranged marriages in many places. Brilliantly written! Love the frog by the way.
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.
A frightening story but based on history, Bjorn. I also love the frog. Well done. —- Suzanne
Horrid. Beautifully told.