No Escape

I couldn’t sleep. Walking the streets I came upon a small sign: Séance Sessions. Ten dollars.

“Letting go. Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end to this labyrinth called life. In reality”, said the medium, “you were here before your time and you will reappear many times after your body succumbs.” The lights suddenly flickered. The charlatan’s fingernails dug into my palms. Her eyes rolled into the back of her head as her mouth moved in synch with Jim’s booming voice. “You killed me. I shall never forget. You shall suffer all the days of your lives and . . .” The medium’s body lurched forward. Her head crashed onto the table. She was obviously dead. I could see the dagger I’d carefully buried in my garden, sticking out of her back. Sirens began to wail.

Written for Prosery Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today Merril is hosting and asks us to insert the following line from Joy Harjo’s A Map to the Next World: “Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.” Image from

Prosery is a form created by dVerse. One line from a poem must be inserted into a piece of flash fiction, word for word. The punctuation may change but the word order must replicate the line as it appears in the poem used for the prompt. The flash fiction must be 144 words or less, not including the title.. No Escape is exactly 144 words.

23 thoughts on “No Escape

  1. msjadeli June 7, 2021 / 4:13 pm

    That one had me on the edge of my seat, Lillian. Flash horror extraordinaire!

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  2. sanaarizvi June 7, 2021 / 4:18 pm

    Ooh this is deliciously dark and enticing! I love the seamlessly manner in which you have incorporated the line by Harjo 🙂 Especially this part “you were here before your time and you will reappear many times after your body succumbs,” gave me goosebumps! 💝💝

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    • sanaarizvi June 7, 2021 / 4:19 pm



    • lillian June 7, 2021 / 4:23 pm

      Glad you enjoyed! Have no idea why the pen went so dark with this one….horror is not usually my thing. But okay — if the imagination goes there….just go with the flow, right? 🙂


  3. Dora June 7, 2021 / 4:32 pm

    You served up a nice dish of horror galore! Unexpected and gruesomely entertaining.


  4. merrildsmith June 7, 2021 / 4:35 pm

    Oh my goodness, Lillian! I wasn’t expecting that. Wow! Perfect use of the prompt.


  5. Beverly Crawford June 7, 2021 / 5:45 pm

    Well I was always somewhat fascinated with sceances, but this may have cured me!! Well done.


  6. Ron. June 7, 2021 / 5:47 pm

    Cinematically delivered Lillian. Riveting. Thanks


  7. Nancy Jahnke June 7, 2021 / 6:55 pm

    OMG! Very scary! Nightmares tonight… N

    Sent from my iPhone



  8. Tricia Sankey June 7, 2021 / 8:24 pm

    Wow! Remind me to skip the cheap seance sessions! Masterful write! 💕


  9. rothpoetry June 7, 2021 / 10:39 pm

    Wow! a bloody end to the séance! Well done!


  10. Ingrid June 8, 2021 / 3:58 am

    Woah, Merril…tell us more! Great story. And we are both agreed that life is a labyrinth 🙂


  11. ben Alexander June 8, 2021 / 4:11 am

    HOLY F’N SHAMOLEY, Lillian! WHAT! This was so amazing!

    You killed me. I shall never forget. You shall suffer all the days of your lives and . . .

    Such a brilliant twist!



  12. K.Hartless June 8, 2021 / 6:56 am

    Super creepy. Love the set-up and the final siren.


  13. RedCat June 8, 2021 / 12:29 pm

    This gave me the shivers. Glad I read it sitting in the warm sunlight. Good horror flash fiction. And really good use of the given line.


  14. Helen Dehner June 8, 2021 / 12:56 pm

    OH MY! This is chilling prosery at its finest! No seances for me, thank you kindly.


  15. Mish June 8, 2021 / 1:47 pm

    Wow, Lillian! Creatively creepy and there is that element of time, past, present, future and the unknown leaving me wanting more.


  16. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) June 8, 2021 / 2:54 pm

    Oh… I love it, but I still think it extra gruesome to have the poor charlatan for the purpose of revenge…


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