Unholy Trinity: The Milk Maids by Hari Navarro

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.

Wrenching Wombs

 

I made love to him in chicken shit. The night of my anniversary, most exactly nineteen years to the hour since my mother braced into the house-cows stall and purged, wrenching me down from her womb. 

I saw it as we fucked, the empty stall with its wrought-iron mesh trough of hay and the three-legged stool that excited me as I sat and fell into the rhythm of massaged teats and the jet of the cream in the bucket. My fate duly sealed as we lay on the floor of the coop and I ground my flesh into its crust.   

 

Pearlescent Eternity

 

I considered killing her. No, I didn’t. I pondered killing myself though, but then what? I mean, I knew they’d take her away. This is our familial curse, perfect nipples seeping pearlescent eternity. 

I tried to hide my condition, binding my body ever tighter into my peasant robes. I ate like a fucking pig in so as that my bulge would be attributed to gluttony. But I have my mother’s body and her mother’s before that and back and back, perfectly honed and admired and despised by men and women alike. 

I was betrayed by stains, patches of blooming milk.

 

Suckle Release

 

Eight days in and I’m summoned. Embroidered serfs usher us into the opulent maw of a large room and we take our place within a circle of golden chairs. Naked flesh quakes and swollen breasts crave for the suckle release of babes left behind. 

I hear my daughter’s wail, though I know I cannot. I’ll never see her again. 

Our bandeau bound heads bow in unison as in they stride. The Queen and her King, our special mother’s milk, their eternal elixir. Her skin is powder smooth and his stubble scratches and we weep as they stoop down and feast.

Hari Navarro

Hari Navarro has, for many years now, been locked in his neighbour’s cellar. He survives due to an intravenous feed of puréed extreme horror and Absinthe-infused sticky-spiced unicorn wings.His anguished cries for help can be found via Black Hare Press, Things in the Well, 365 Tomorrows, Breachzine, AntipodeanSF, Horror Without Borders and HellBound books.Hari was the Winner of the Australasian Horror Writers’ Association [AHWA] Flash Fiction Award 2018 and has also succeeded in being a New Zealander who now lives in Northern Italy with no cats.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stephanie Ellis

Stephanie Ellis is a member of the HWA and writes dark speculative prose and poetry which has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Flame Tree Press' A Dying Planet and Nosetouch Press' Fiends in the Furrows. She is the author of gothic novella, Bottled, from Silver Shamrock Publishing and the novelette, Asylum of Shadows from Demain Publishing. Her first novel, The Way of the Mother, is due out in October, via Silver Shamrock. She can be found at https://stephanieellis.org/ and on twitter @el_Stevie.

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