There is no knock.
The strike is sudden, swift.
And the world is blown and thrown
into a bleak and glacial chaos.
The howling and yowling grates,
a dissonant screeching that will not abate,
while tiny specks bite like serrated blades.
Every fleck a small slice that cuts to the core.
Blanched bulwarks drift and disappear,
then blow and grow, stretching to heights unknown,
leaving futures inhumed.
Left slowly to decay away.
Panic glows white hot,
bubbling and blistering,
leaving only scathed scorches
to mark its beginning.
There is no end.
Only an ashen road, its ambit infinite,
reaching and intertwining into the deepest nether nooks
and crannies of the four corners of the earth.
With a twirling and terrible calligraphy
the world is forever written in white.
~~Briana Robertson, Author, Stitched Smile Publications
Briana Robertson is an emerging speculative fiction author, working primarily within the genres of horror and fantasy. Her love of authors such as Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Patrick Rothfuss, and J.K. Rowling has developed her own need to put pen to paper. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies, and broadcast on online podcasts. Her debut novel is in the works, set to release in 2017. She currently lives in the Midwest, with her husband, three daughters, and their Maine Coon, Bagheera. Be sure to visit her website, as well as follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress, and Pinterest.