Hell Hath No Fury
Vance was young and arrogant. He had never been in love. Never, that
is until he met Allyse. Allyse was perfect, like a wisp of gossamer. She
had an air of magic all about her. She was completely innocent and quite
naive. She made him feel alive and fresh. He loved her for a full month.
Then, the novelty began to wear off. He felt uncomfortable about the way
she doted upon him.
Her face, so innocent, so beautiful, almost childlike, looked up at
Vance, as a smile spread across it. How could he hurt such a face? He had
to tell Allyse, or someone else would. As he spoke, her smile fell, a wilted
rosebud, picked too soon. In spite of himself he felt better, now that
she knew. They were never meant to be together. He had stopped loving her
months ago. He no longer saw her as appealing and that was what he told
her. She was too innocent, and there were other women out there for him.
Why did Allyse have to be so damn beautiful? Why did her eyes have to be
filled with hate? He left her alone.
The wind howled in the trees too much that night. His footfalls, sounded
twice, as though echoed by his heartbeat. He couldn’t get Allyse out of
his mind. He walked around town all night. When he found himself in a neighborhood
he had never seen before, he turned a corner in the completely wrong direction.
Not a single ray of light from the main street looked in on this back street,
as though he had entered a black hole. The only source of any light was
from a flashing neon sign at the end of the alley. “Fortune Teller” it
read. The pulsing, buzzing, pink sign, beckoned him. He walked through
All preconceptions of fortune tellers burned up at the sight of the
hag that sat before him: no beads, no scarves, just a toothless, fat woman.
Her blemished face peered up at him from her dingy card table. “Four dollars,”
she rasped. She followed the demand with a spasm of coughing so wretched
that his own throat ached. She picked up a filthy pack of menthol cigarettes
from the floor and lit one. Then in a trance of some kind he pulled a wadded
five dollar bill from his pocket and handed it to her. Her thick greasy
fingers snatched it up hurriedly. “Sit down,” she grunted, each word letting
out a puff of toxic smoke. He sat on the sooty metal chair she motioned
toward. Her eyes, hardly more than slits, stared into his face, searching
him, scanning him. A smile slowly split the folds of her face, and she
began to laugh. Her laugh, reverberated in his head again and again. A
wheezing, braying cackle. “You are in for trouble, pretty boy!” His face
wrenched into an uncomprehending contortion. Suddenly, the hag quit laughing.
She held his face with her probing eyes, “Hell hath no fury like a woman
Halfway down the alley he could still hear her laughing at him. He
ran until he thought his ribcage would explode. Then he stopped against
an abandoned building, heaving until the feeling came back into his legs
and the pain stopped in his chest. He had no clue as to where he was nor
any place to stay since he had rejected Allyse. The emptiness of the building
was a good sign. Through a broken window he gained admittance. Weary from
the day’s activity, he fell asleep before he hit the carpet.
He woke two hours later, from a dreamless slumber, to a no longer deserted
building. Milling around in the dusty darkness, thousands of tiny forms
surrounded him. He tried to crawl backward out of the way but put his hand
on one of them. It was slippery and cold, like a moving dead snake. He
scrambled to his feet and found above him myriad, soft, whispery arms that
entered his mouth, and grabbed his throat. He couldn’t scream. He tried
to grab them, but the arms clenched around his wrists and held fast. Then
he saw her. The snakes anchored his feet to the floor, but his fear had
paralyzed him more than the various beasts enclosing him, for there, amidst
the wraiths stood Allyse.
Her porcelain face glowed with not the previous innocence, but a fire
of hate. A long white cape was draped around her shoulders, covering all
but her snow white face and burgundy hair. “Va-ance,”her voice came out
a taunting whisper, as though she were calling him over to her. As he watched,
her immaculate robes began to soil from the inside as though her body was
secreting a hideous black bile. Soon, her cloak was a thick veil of tar.
She moved toward him, gliding along, sending snakes skittering off in different
directions. She was close to him now, and he felt her formerly sweet breath,
a sour pulse against his face. Her eyes were so filled with hate that they
“Vance,” she whispered, “don’t you know the old saying?”
She placed her once soft, now clawlike fingers on his eyes, and pressed
in. A rush of red filled his sight Then he saw nothing else; his optic
nerve was severed. Shooting pain shocked his skull, centering around his
now useless eyes. Vance struggled, trying to scream, but he was still helpless.
The pain wracked through his whole body before returning to his eyes.
He still felt her breath cooling the blood gushing down his cheeks.
She was speaking again,
“Hell hath no fury,” she put her fingers gently in his ears, “like
a woman scorned.” He felt the fingers pierce. And Vance heard no more.
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