Winter Flash – Deranged

Dark tunnels run under the city, a labyrinth of hiding places for what doesn’t wish to be seen or found; the city below without light or charity. Ghost rivers run wild and the taint of long dead monsters can still be scented. Some say it was a deranged architect that cursed the city with the under city, under even the trains and the sewers, one-step above hell.

Michella stood at the door, “Here be Monsters”.

Go back; her life would continue to be a misery of degradation and abuse. Forward, life would be hers to determine, he wouldn’t find her.


It is a new season, time for a Winter of Disturbing Flashes. Flash in the Pan is brought to you by the remarkable Red of M3 fame, to join in the fun read the rules at the link provided and get to flashing!

The word this week isDeranged, with a word limit of 100. Deranged comes in at 100.

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  1. Delightfully deranged, Val. Excellent!

  2. One of my favorites! I try to read each one before knowing the key word, and part of the reading is to see if I can guess the word. This one was very chilling.

    • How did you suddenly get thrown into moderation? Dang. Did you guess the word, have to ask of course. I liked this one also, liked writing it and dreaming it. Thanks for liking it also.

  3. Outstanding! Oh that architect…

  4. Fabbo choice for a Hallowe’en tale. Methinks for Michella, it is an everyday nightmare walking in the light.

  5. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    You’re so good at this Valentine, seriously. Loved it 🙂

  6. I love your writing! XXxx And You.

  7. singleworkingmomswm says:

    Really powerful post, Valentine. The imagery going through my mind is intense, but like most of your other readers commented, I would take my chances underground if I were Michella…sometimes it isn’t what we expect at all when we take such a chance! XOXO-SWM

    • I think I would also take my chances in the unknown, it seems a better choice. As you say, there are times the unknown offers us surprises. I am so glad you enjoyed this one.



  8. Gray Dawster says:

    Just calling by to give you some of my Halloween candy 🙂 😉 lol

    Andro xxxx

    • No candy for me, but hopefully no terrible children calling either. Happy all hallows eve to you.

      • Gray Dawster says:

        Thank you Val and hey no knocks on my door either, it must have been the scary Zombies and Skeletons that scared them away 😦 lol

        Have a fun Friday my dear Valentine 😉 🙂

        Andro xxxx

  9. I have been on some of those underground tunnels Val and I came up for air very deranged! 🙂
    Excellent my Friend

    Wishing you a Happy Halloween 🙂

    • You and I have both traveled some of those tunnels I think. Coming up for air, maybe we left the monsters behind. Then again, maybe we simply found ourselves where the wild things dwell peacefully.

      Happy All Hallows Eve

  10. Gray Dawster says:

    This is a wonderful FTP Val and
    perfect timing for Halloween too.

    Have a lovely Halloween with
    lots of thrills my sweet friend 😉 🙂

    Andro xxxx

  11. Well, I hope for her sake she goes forward!

  12. Great post. Liked it.

  13. There is a world out there we are barely conscious of but for those affected it is hell.

  14. Talk about standing between a rock and a hard place. Love it. 😉

  15. The sense of the mysterious future is very much your style. 🙂

  16. I adore this sentence, Val–“Some say it was a deranged architect that cursed the city with the under city, under even the trains and the sewers, one-step above hell.” Wish I had written it!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Could be the start of a strange book? A world build?

      I could see that city in my minds eye Kathy and the door that allowed entrance. Strange one this one, wasn’t it?



  17. Her choice is obvious, I reckon.

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