I’m happy to host an excerpt from “Medusa’s Desire” by E.B. Black today.
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“I hope you enjoy your present.” Perseus’ words dripped with venom.
Everyone else in the room laughed and turned in the direction of Perseus as Medusa lifted her head from the wallet. She walked out of the bag slowly, certain that there must be a dark mist surrounding her because she felt like a monster emerging from hell.
Their expressions of joy quickly turned into horror. Several of them were cut off mid-scream as their vocal cords froze. Some tried to run and wound up awkwardly toppling and breaking into tiny pieces. They had all transformed by the time Medusa’s two feet were touching the ground.
A shudder ran through Medusa’s entire body. Even though a part of her knew it wasn’t real, every bit of rage she felt towards destroying Poseidon cried out in pleasure as she watched King Polydectes’ statue stare on. It was a shame what happened to his daughter, but not what happened to him.
Medusa didn’t want to put her helmet back on. She wanted to savor the power she had over these tyrants. She wished they’d turn back into humans, so she could hurt them again. For once, she understood why her sisters reveled in the attention turning people into stone gave them. This was why they were addicted.
An innocent guard ran into the room, saw the men who had become decorations, and then screamed and turned into stone. Sure, she could have averted her eyes, but what would be the fun in that? She was untouchable.
Finally, she replaced the helmet on her head. The snakes had chewed into her face several times, but the pain added to the pleasure. She hurt like they had been hurt. Her bleeding allowed her to taste the suffering she had caused their families.
She transformed into an abomination through his touch. Her skin grew scales. Her eyes turned red. She screamed for help, but all who saw her became stone.
Medusa thought she would be alone forever, until the day a man came to kill her and fell in love instead. Now Perseus is running from those who hired him as he continues to love a girl who could kill him with a glance.”
E..B. Black lives in southern California with her family and two rottweilers. She daydreams about dressing up like a necromancer for Halloween and about new fantasy worlds she can throw her characters into.