The Killing Moon (Flash Fiction)
“Fate is up against your will.”
The words were uttered from the darkest reaches of Maggie’s hideout. It also stabbed deep into her well-being. She peered in the ample light of the blue moon to discover a figure seated in a chair, calmly waiting.
She shuttered at the realization, for she knew who this person -- or fiend -- was. The night of the “Killing Moon” that she feared and hid from for 10 years, finally came to fruition.
“Get out!” she hissed as she pointed the shotgun at the intruder.
“I know what you’re thinking,” he said serenely. “You thought you can hide.”
He grinned, revealing fangs that glistened in the ample moonlight.
“I can resist,” she uttered, as she placed her finger on the trigger.
The entity’s response was to stand up and widen his smile.
Through the thick and thin...you give yourself to me.— Echo and the Bunnymen "The Killing Moon"
"Don’t move!” Maggie yelled in a trembling voice.
The entity ignored her. Instead, he stepped forward and stood in a streaming band of moonlight, which revealed his soft, trusting eyes, and smooth complexion.
“I’m not the monster you think I am,” he replied in a near whisper. “I’m just here to fulfill my bargain. After all, it’s too late to beg or cancel what’s unwillingly mine.”
That bargain. It rattled through Maggie's head. Years ago, she made a pact to save her mother from the clutches of the fiend who now stood before her. She promised she’d give herself to him. He agreed on the condition that it would be during the night of the killing moon, a night when the moon cast an icy-blue glow. And it will happen on her 20th birthday.
“I was ten, I said that to save my mother," she said holding back the tears.
"A noble action, indeed," he said softly with an serene melody in his voice. "But it was under that blue moon I saw you, and I knew I had to return when you came of age."
His eyes brightened. His gaze was piercing, trusting and tempting. It reached deep into Maggie and seduced her. She calmed her nerves as his gaze broke down the wall of defense she thought was impenetrable.
His soft, assuring voice worked its magic on her.
"Through the thick and thin,” he whispered. “I’ve waited until you give yourself to me. And you will, Maggie. You will.”
Maggie’s resistance quickly slipped away. She lowered the rifle and stood before him.
Powerless, fate won against her will to fight. And on that night, she gave herself to him.
When Music becomes a story
The Killing Moon was originally an Echo and Bunnymen song from the mid 80s. The song is dark and foreboding while at the same time a lovely, deeply felt song that aptly represented the darkest aspect of the New Wave movement of the era (now called Dark Wave).
When thinking of this song one can't help to be lured into a Gothic world of vampires. Also, there seems to be a suggestion of seduction by dark forces (in a way, very similar to the Dracula lore).
Also, the lyrics are very haunting, which is why I included them as much as possible throughout this story.
Be sure to check out the official video for this song.
The Killing Moon (official Music Video)
Lyrics for The Killing Moon
- Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Lyrics to 'The Killing Moon' by Echo & The Bunnymen. Under blue moon I saw you / So soon you'll take me up in your arms / Too late to beg you or cancel it /
© 2014 Dean Traylor