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Exorcisms: Spring by Lucille Berkowitz

Congratulations to Lucille Berkowitz, the winner of The Adept Writer’s First Annual Flash Fiction Contest. I was amazed by the power of Lucille’s vision. Her work is darkly humorous, clever, original, and muted. I hope that you’ll hit the heart and share this powerful work on your feeds.


A bloodstain is growing out of an indentation in the wall. Howls of laughter come with it. The Girl is traipsing throughout this little house. Dusting off what winter left. She never cleaned a thing once the air started to frost over. The ice would stick her to a chair on her patio. 

She has a gentleman caller. Meaning that he calls her on the house telephone to breathe heavily into the receiver. She enjoys the rhythm of it.

A murder of crows all died in her greenhouse.

She should call someone to find out what to do about it. There is a red fox who sometimes stalks through the backyard. The Girl liked him although she didn’t know him. Moss grows in the gaps between the paneling of her house. Under her floorboards something is starting to smell.

Architects used to put virgins in walls. They would still be alive when this happened. This was done for good luck. The Girl thinks we are very homicidal as a species. She doesn’t mind that. “It’s just the way things go” is what she would say if someone was ever at her home to talk with her.

The only other person here is the demon in the wall. He doesn’t shut up. She has asked him to leave many times. He just says things like, “Ms. Rosenberg, we will be shutting off your power on the 23rd of this month due to lack of payment of your electrical bill" or even “Ms. Rosenberg, can you open up? It’s your landlord. I’m going to need your rent by the 30th. Also February’s rent as well”. The Girl studied witchcraft in the hopes it may help the situation.

Eventually she fell on a stainless steel kitchen knife from one of those infomercials. After that the demon stopped talking. The fox found its way in through the dog door she had no purpose for and he ate her up.


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