Rhiannon Elizabeth Irons Into The Abyss

In the black of the darkness.

In the shadows of the night.

I hear your cry.

A faint smile plays on my face as you scream

Begging for mercy.

I lean down, my face appearing

My sinister smile in view

Illuminated by the full moon.

You scream for help

Begging for release

Pleading with me to tell you what you had done

To deserve such fate.

My face contorts as my smile widens.

With a signal of my hand

The guard pulls a rope.

Your eyes grow wider with fear

As they trace the lineage of the rope.

When your gaze falls upon the pendulum

You begin your horrid screams for mercy again.

 

The pendulum begins to swing.

With each passing of the blade

It gets lower.

You know your fate is coming.

And despite knowing that Death is on its way

You still cry out

Hoping that a miracle will happen

To release you from your binds

And free you from the abyss.

 

The whooshing sound can be heard

As your screams die out.

Your voice is hoarse

And your attention has turned to the chains

That bind you to the abyss floor.

Grunting as you tug at them

You don't notice that the pendulum is lowering

Faster and faster.

Each swing of its metallic blade

Inches closer to your flesh.

 

You look up at me

Our eyes lock.

I can read your face like it were a book.

You think I have betrayed you

Sold you out

To those that you feared.

But when you met me

You knew that I were the executioner

That I would be the one

To signal the end of life as we know it.

 

My lip twitches as it curls into a snarl.

Your eyes close.

Your head turns.

You lick your lips.

There is nothing you can do now

Except wait in turn for your fate.

 

You can hear scurrying

And upon opening your eyes

You let out a startled cry.

A rat.

A rat the size of a cat

Is staring back at you from the abyss.

It's eyes gleam

As you pull against your restraints.

Being struck by a blade doesn't seem so bad

As being eaten by a rat.

It approaches you

Unsure.

You move your hands

In an attempt to scare it away.

You succeed.

Smiling you look up at me again.

Your smile doesn't last long.

As the pendulum strikes with force

The last thing I hear is your screams of terror

Rising up at out of the abyss.

 

I glance around the room from my perch.

Many faces line the walls.

Some seemed shocked

Others appalled by what they had witnessed.

But then, one by one

They applaud.

 

The lights come up.

Our viewers leave.

I discard my royal robe

And climb into the abyss.

The pendulum has stopped

Just above your flesh.

You flash me a relived smile

As I free you from your binds.

 

"Not bad for our first attempt,"

You say as our guard raises the pendulum.

You slide out, stretching

Checking your ensemble

For any signs of damage.

"Was it scary?" I ask

Fingering the chains.

You nod

And our guard gives us the signal.

I reach up out of the abyss

Feeling for the robe.

I hand it to you.

"Time to trade places," I say

As you take the robe from me.

 

I get into position

And you lock me down.

My head turns and I see the rat.

Its red eyes stare back at me.

I lick my lips.

I catch your eye as you climb

Out of the abyss.

"Hey," I call.

You turn to look at me

A sinister gleam in your eye.

"Yes?" you enquire

As the lights are dimmed.

I tug against my chains

As I prepare to scream.

"Happy Halloween."

 

 

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