Welcome to Musings. Author, Rosanna Leo joined us today with the story she saw behind this haunting image.
For the first time in a millennium, the Gorgon awoke.
After sleeping for too many years to count, a victim to a god’s petty curse, she pried open her eyes. As centuries of crust and dust fell away, she endured the sting of pain, sharper than the bite of a thousand serpents.
He would pay for this.
The Gorgon swallowed, but no moisture coated her throat. She gasped for air and had to remind herself how to breathe. She stretched her limbs in her tight tomb, but she might have been cracking every bone, such was her torment. Deep in the earth, she stifled a cry, worried someone might hear her.
But no one would hear her in this place. The god had made sure of that. When he’d cursed her to a living death, punishment for her crimes, he’d encased her in a closed marble coffin and had put her in the ground. She didn’t know where. All she knew was darkness and sorrow.
Sensing her pain, one of her snakes slid across her cheek and licked her with its pointed tongue.
“Worry not, my little love,” she whispered to the beast. “We will have our revenge.”
With each passing second, the Gorgon’s strength returned to her. She blinked and batted away another layer of the debris marring her otherwise-beautiful face. She clenched her fists at her sides and her muscles responded.
She would escape. And when she did, all the gods would feel her wrath and humanity would tremble.
Wow! That was great, Rosanna. You can find more of her works wherever e-books are sold. Her latest release, Sunburn, is available now at Liquid Silver Books.
What story do you see in the picture? I’d love to read it in the comments!