One Match


I only needed one match to create this beauty. Its magnificence plays upon my eyelids, dancing and illuminating the dark recesses of my mind. I open my eyes ready to absorb the wonder of my creation. It is my David, my Mona Lisa and I revel in it from afar.

Coiling tongues curl and fight for their place among the inferno, then escape to the heavens, whisking away memories of the burning skeleton that was once an old warehouse.  White hot blossoms heat my cheeks and, like a lover’s touch, it excites me, leaves me aching for more. The heavy smoke of my art scalds my nose and burns my lungs. My eyes water at the beauty of it.

No one appreciates my devotion, my destruction of creation, a power as great as any god, a power that exists just to destroy. One match can destroy someone’s future or eliminate another’s past. The finale doesn’t matter; it is the journey that haunts me.

I hear another match calling my name.

For more of my horror flash fiction check these out:

Supernova, from Sanity’s Threshold

Charcoal, from Unconfined Delusions

Unconfined Delusions, Beyond the Threshold, contains snippets of fast-paced, twisted fiction mingled with short stories aimed to keep you on the edge of your seat. “Broken Heart” questions the morality of organ transplantation. “The Basement” corners you in a dank basement with the tools of torture openly displayed. “My Last Sixteen Hours” counts down the last minutes before execution.  “Seeing Things” warns of a malignant aura wrapping its inky hands around your throat. “The Clutching” will send fingernails searching for a vein. Don’t let your guard down because the next story might bite.

The words slither across the page, feed on insecurities, and corrupt dreams. Savor the weird deliciousness but read with the lights on. The land of Happily Ever After doesn’t exist behind this cover.

Angela L. Lindseth’s first collection of flash fiction, Sanity’s Threshold, Slivers of a Twisted Mind, is available on Amazon.

The Basement: Awesome doesn’t begin to cover it! If this is a sample of your writing, where do I sign up!  —K.B.

 Unconfined Delusions, Beyond the Threshold

Sanity’s Threshold, Slivers of a Twisted Mind

About angelallindseth

Putting the finishing touches on The Contraption, a dystopian novel dealing with conversion therapy and social inequality. It's The Handmaid's Tale meets Divergent.
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