Hot Car by Bogdan Dragos

A ghostly figure with a woman's upper half body and lower half twigs and roots
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“The safest way to kill

a small child,” she told him,

“is,

of course,

to leave it in a hot car.”

He scratched his

head. Thought

about it

“Since you didn’t murder it

directly,” she went on,

“and only due

to pure ignorance,

your punishment is going to

be almost

nothing.”

“But, wouldn’t it be

a better idea

to push the kid from a high

place and claim

that he fell?”

“Dumbass, you live on the

ground floor. If you go searching

for any high places

they’ll know

the reason behind it, don’t

you think?”

“Oh… yeah, you’re right.

I’m not very good

with thinking.

That’s why I’ve asked for your

help.”

She gave a soft chuckle

as her hands

turned from floating ash

to dark obsidian

that caressed his face

and put a claw inside his ear

She was half moth

half snake, the muse

that will bless him with

literary success

once he

gives his own child

as sacrifice in

exchange,

as the deal was

Her obsidian claw

made circle motions deep

into his ear,

causing him to cringe with

pain

She brought her moth eyes

against his

and said, “See, the good thing

about writing is

you don’t have to think.

The more you think,

the worse you make it.

Don’t think, don’t try. Just

follow the guidance of your

muse who knows better.

That’s all you

have to do.”

“Yes, Mistress. Might we

start right away then?”

“No, we might not start

right away.

I am hungry, darling.

Therefore you will get out of

bed now

and make a trip to the

store.

You will take your small

child along

and park the car somewhere

very far. Do you

understand? Only afterwards

we can start writing.”

“Y-yes, Mistress.”

She removed the obsidian claw

from his ear

rested the hand on

her scaled hips. Satisfaction

blazed in her grin.

“Please, call me Love.”

He nodded. “Yes, Love.”

-BOGDAN DRAGOS

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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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s poem is about making the unbelievable believable. Satisfying the writing muse with the blood of an innocent child is creativity and inspiration competing for the crown of insanity. But what is horror if it bears a sane face? There’s so much to exploit from a fertile imagination. I wish that this writer doesn’t go through with it and is apprehended before he takes the next step. Horrific and wicked.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you! ヽ(OᴗO )ノ

      “creativity and inspiration competing for the crown of insanity” – Wow! Let me just say I LOVE this sentence! :))

      Liked by 1 person

  2. lynnfay73 says:

    Hmm. I hate those stories about babies left in cars….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ᕕ( ಥʖ̯ಥ )ᕗ Yeah, me too.
      It literally never happens where I’m from. That’s why I’ve always wondered how in the world could something like that be a real thing… I mean, I’m not judging anyone in particular, but still… Who would just leave a child like that and completely forget about it?
      ヽ(O_O )ノ

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  3. Jane Aguiar says:

    Sometimes it is ignorance of the parents but people think it is a planned action.
    We should think pros and cons of our action.
    A similar incident happened here in my city. Child was alone in the car ( Sleeping) . Car was locked and AC was ON but with the chlorofluorocarbon gas child suffocated and died .

    Liked by 2 people

    1. (´・_・`)

      Ouch… sorry to hear that… 😦

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        This is a fact, Bogdan.🙂

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  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Great piece of writing Dragos. Loved the claw in the ear too. The lengths people will go to please their muse. Loved this Dragos. The illustration Terveen picked was great with this piece. You probably don’t get to watch too much TV but AppleTV plus has a show right now that is called Servant. The whole story is based on this exact happening. That is all I am going to say, but it is a show I think you would be quite entertained by. M. Night Shyamalan. This I think may be his best work to date – I am a big fan of his work. Hugs, Joni

    Liked by 2 people

    1. (✧ᗜ✧) Wow, that sounds really interesting 🙂

      Thank you, Joni! (´╹ᴗ╹` )

      Liked by 1 person

      1. jonicaggiano says:

        You are most welcome Dragos. Nice to read you again. Hugs, thanks for cool emoji’s. 🤗

        Liked by 1 person

  5. I love it, Bogdan!

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    1. So glad to hear that, Dawn! ヽ(°‿ °*ヽ)

      Thank you! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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