Unholy Trinity: The Battle by Melody E. McIntyre
Our church worships at the altar of the Unholy Trinity. Its gospels are delivered as a trio of dark drabbles, linked so that Three become One. All hail the power of the Three.
The last of Victoria’s forces were surrounded by monsters. They were fighting to protect the village from the creatures of the night that had come to devour the children. The beasts had attacked without warning three days ago. Victoria had rallied what troops she could while her sister rode for reinforcements. They fought valiantly but the horde was endless. Of 500 troops, only 23 remained and Victoria intended to save them all.
Victoria brandished her blade and readied her stance. The monsters licked their lips. With a wild cry, she charged, offering a distraction while her troops made their escape.
Constance arrived too late with the reinforcements. From her perch on the cliff, she could see her sister’s valiant last stand. For three days, Constance had scoured the countryside, but the monsters had ravaged all the villages for miles. The small army she had gathered was cobbled together from the scattered survivors. They were beaten, but eager for revenge.
Constance knew they couldn’t defeat the legion of the dead, but they could save the soldiers still fighting for their lives. She gestured to her troops and they surged forward. Then she spread her black wings and dove into the fray.
The village was gone, and my wounded daughters lay before me. They were on the precipice of death and hoping that I could save them. Constance’s femur was protruding from her thigh and she struggled not to weep. Victoria had wounds all over her body, but it was the deep gash in her side that was the most concerning.
They know there is a ritual that can save anyone from certain death. I have performed it many times. But they do not know about the cost.
I raise my sword and make my choice.
The ritual can save only one.
Melody E. McIntyre
Melody lives in Ontario and has loved reading and writing her entire life. Recently, she published her first piece of flash fiction with The Macabre Ladies. Her favourite genres to write are horror and mystery, but she will read almost anything if it has a good story. She studied Anthropology and Classics in University and remains obsessed with the ancient world to this day. When she isn’t working or writing, she loves hand sewing, biking and martial arts.
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Stephanie Ellis writes dark speculative prose and poetry and has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her longer work includes the folk horror novels, The Five Turns of the Wheel, Reborn, and The Woodcutter, and the novellas, Bottled and Paused (all via Brigids Gate Press). Her dark poetry has been published in her collections Lilith Rising (co-authored with Shane Douglas Keene), Foundlings (co-authored with Cindy O’Quinn) and Metallurgy, as well as the HWA Poetry Showcase Volumes VI, VII, VIII, and IX and Black Spot Books Under Her Skin. She can be found supporting indie authors at HorrorTree.com via the weekly Indie Bookshelf Releases. She can be found at https://stephanieellis.org and on Blue Sky as stephellis.bsky.social.