Bad Blood by Bogdan Dragos

The close up of a woman's lower face with bloody lips and blood dripping down her chin and her bloody fingers upon her chin
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Nine PM caught them sitting on

the broken bench by

the river banks

She removes her jacket and

stretches her

hands. “See?” she says, “I told you I’m

bad blood.”

He stares at her,

mute and dumb and

utterly incapable to find himself

in her dark eyes “Huh?”

“The mosquitoes,” she says. “They

don’t want to

suck my blood. See? Not one of

‘em lands on me.” Lightly, she hammers a

fist against her chest. “This blood

is poisoned, I tell you. I’ve been

drinking since

my age was in the single digits. Helped

myself to mother’s stash

countless times. Now you can’t tell

my chest apart from a boy’s and, if I

remember right, I was about sixteen

by the time I had

my first period. Pretty sure I

can’t have children either. Though

I never really tested this.”

He hesitates. “But… your face is like

a child’s.”

His words do bring a

smile on her colorless lips. “Ow, thank

you. You’re, like, really sweet. The

sweetest homeless guy I

ever met. All the others… they just wanted

a quick fuck. But you… You really

wanna die together. You still wanna

do it, right?”

He stares deeply

into her eyes. Nods.

They kiss again

and stand

and walk hand in hand

towards the river

as the night sky watches over them

with blinking

pale stars


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s dark poetry always opens the reader’s mind to the various circumstances and situations that many face without the knowledge of others. I feel that his poetry reflects the new normal where darkness dwells not only within but is exhibited without fear or remorse. Loneliness and regret can lead a person to the scariest crossroads where neither path ends anywhere safe or good. Not being in it alone probably a weak consolation.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*✲゚*。⋆ Thank you, Terveen!

      I never forget a story that leaves its ending open to interpretation. They’re my favorite because I can’t get the questions and theories out of my mind after I’m done reading.

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  2. jonicaggiano says:

    Excellent Dragos, you have me sort of hanging, which my guess is you planned it that way. I think she is a vampire about to make him one, but then maybe they will both go into the water, but of course, that won’t do anything to her, just him. Either way, I wonder how many kids grow up just like this girl in your story? To me, an extraordinary tale leaves me thinking about potential possibilities that the author is trying to have me mull over. You have done it again, my friend. Big hugs

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    1. Thank you, Joni! (´⌣`ʃƪ)

      At the end of the day all these little stories are filled with people who dream, people who fight against reality itself. Their struggle is found in the insatiable desire to make fantasy real because they’re not made for this world… So of course this particular story ends with the two characters attempting to quit this limited realm together…
      ☆彡 ☆彡 ☆彡

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        You are so welcome. When I was little I had such a crazy world and I escaped in my dreams all the times in the woods. I think you are sensitive and read people well. I am so glad you are a writer that Terveen brought on board. I like your bold style also. Well done. I can’t decide in my emoji if that is a curl or an earring. I often wear only one long earring on that side. Hugs my friend. ⭐️

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        1. :)) Oh, that’s supposed to be a little head holding hands next to its face in a gesture which shows that it’s pleased :))


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        2. jonicaggiano says:

          I know it probably sounds silly but I enjoy the kindness and effort you take to make emoji’s like I have never seen before. Now I can see it. You are so creative. Big hugs my friend. Terveen has an uncanny ability to find writers that are interested, unusually gifted thinkers, and amazing story tellers. PS I am not talking about myself. I am working on it though. Blessings my friend. You are probably sleeping. 🦋

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        3. (つ≧▽≦)つ Thank youuu!

          Nope, I’m not sleeping even though it’s late :))
          I’m at work ノ(▀̿̿Ĺ̯̿̿▀̿ ̿ノ)

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  3. Kirsten says:

    Interesting, makes me wonder what their next moments look like. Love the last three lines especially, sounds so magical. Great write, Bogdan. 😊

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    1. (ノ*・ω・)ノ*. ☆゚ Thank you, Kirsten!

      Well, if they’re successful… their next moments will be spent in paradise ◎ܫ◎

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      1. Kirsten says:

        They may make it after all. ✨
        You’re welcome my friend, always a pleasure.

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    1. ´・ᴗ・ ` Thank you, Julie!


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