Day of Thanks
by Nerisha Kemraj
Gary dropped the limp woman onto the table as his guests watched in silent horror, their hands tied to the back of their chairs.
“This will do. This will do quite nicely.”
He dressed the body into the blood-stained sacrificial costume, tattered from overuse, before stuffing an apple into her mouth. He sliced through her neck, allowing the blood to spill across the table. Collecting some, he marked the foreheads of each of his unwilling visitors with the symbol of the beast.
“Dark Lord of the Underworld, I summon thee,
to give thanks to all that is,
and all that will be.
On this Thanksgiving, like the ones before,
I offer you this soul,
and that of my guests, as more!”
As darkness swallowed the light from within the room, a glowing set of red eyes hovered over the table.
Gary saw nothing as he heard their insufferable screams. His Dark Lord grunted in satisfaction.
When the lights turned on again, only their clothes remained.
Six deep slashes joined the others on Gary’s arm.
Another successful day of thanks.
Nerisha Kemraj resides in Durban, South Africa with her husband and two mischievous daughters. While poetry has been a love since high school, she began writing short stories in 2016.
A lover of dark fiction, she has over 150 short stories and poems published in various publications, both print and online. She has also received an Honourable Mention Award for her tanka in the Fujisan Taisho 2019 Tanka Contest.
Nerisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from University of South Africa.