NAUGHTY NELDA by Mark Antony Rossi

Nelda was an only child of divorced Satanists who used to operate the town’s occult book store. One day while messing with a volume of dark spells she stumbled on a formula to become invisible and torment the local kids at school. The entire notion enthralled her to no end.

She tore out the page, tucked it under her orange dress and hopped on her bicycle humming an ominous tune that terrified animals and birds in her path. She arrived at breakneck speed at her house and raced up the stairs to the next flight of stairs to the drop ladder that brought her to the attic.

Her father turned the attic into a quiet study room. Nelda lit three candles and pronounced the arcane Latin lyrics of a disappearing spell. Her insides began burning liked a dragon pissed draino in her mouth. Pulsing through her throbbing skull massive migraines made a demonic music devoid of melody but still rhythmic and reaching a crescendo.

She pressed her sweaty palms against the sides of her head and screamed but her vocal chords vanished like her body disappearing in the mirror on the ceiling. She was lying on cold wooden floor voiceless but invisible as she always wanted. No one ever heard or saw Nelda again but for the occasional playground encounter at the swing set. Just before dusk her shadow appears joyfully swinging in midair. You can feel a bitter breeze. Maybe she’s getting the last laugh.


570Mark Antony Rossi’s poetry, criticism, fiction and photography have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Another Chicago Review Bareback Magazine, Black Heart Review, Collages & Bricolages, Death Throes, Deep South Journal, Ethical Specacle, Deep South Journal, Flash Fiction, The Magill Review, Japanophile, On The Rusk,Purple Patch, Sentiment Literary Journal, The Sacrificial and Wild Quarterly. His most recent play Eye of the Needle was produced by Grin Theatre, Liverpool, England and its youtube recording is available at the link below.


Eye of the Needle

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