We hide in the shadows, away from the blistering sun.
Jaded, I ignore the blood that runs like paint down the walls as my love sweats and trembles.
He says it was a scorpion,
I've seen the red bloom where his flesh was torn, and know I may have to kill him before nightfall.
Michelle DePaepe is the author of Eaters, published by Permuted Press.
She has also published a sequel, Eaters: The Resistance.