The Silence of the Yams by Jessica M. Kormos [horror]

Imprint - Horror Imprint Logo 200wThe Silence of the Yams by Jessica M. Kormos

The fava beans quivered in their plastic bag prison, and the onions and bell peppers huddled closer to them for warmth. The vegetarian mistress of murder left neither carrot with intact skins nor any cabbage whole. Despite their attempt to hide in the back of the bin, the yams had been unceremoniously taken away just a few moments ago. By the time the remaining vegetables adjusted to the piercing white light that blinded them through the open door, they were sunk once more into blackness, the drawer slid neatly into place. The yams, a lovely couple from a farm in Iowa, were gone.

The vegetables inched backwards as they heard the soft thwack, thwack as a knife struck a whetstone, seeking a hiding spot that was no longer there. If the slayer of the salad was sharpening her knives, it could only mean that they were approaching the time of the Great Purge. Everything must go to make room for a new batch of helpless vegetable victims. Just yesterday, it had been easy to hide among the broccoli and the beets, but they had been sacrificed to this chef’s insatiable desire for produce.

A sudden pop and the vegetables were once again surrounded by blinding light. Annabelle Lecter opened the vegetable bin roughly, bouncing the onions off the bell peppers and sending them twirling across the floor. She grabbed the bag of fava beans and carried them to the counter next to the remains of the yams. They had been skinned; their bright orange flesh lay exposed on the cutting board. The fava beans began to tremble, and like atoms packed tightly together, each adjacent bean took up the shuddering of its neighbor. Annabelle smiled ruefully as the bag shook in her hand and she plucked out one of the fava beans. To the horror of its brethren, she snapped off the end.

“I think you would taste nice with tofu and a glass of Chianti,” she said.

The other fava beans were beheaded in turn and added to the steaming skillet on the stove. It wasn’t long before the vegetable bin was empty; the bodies of the diced onions and peppers covered with oil and unceremoniously sautéed for her pleasure.

Annabelle took a bite, savoring her meal, wondering which she enjoyed more: the weekly cleanout of her fridge or the anticipation of the new set of victims available at her local farmer’s market.

DFP SKULL LOGO

©2016 the author — Published electronically at DigitalFictionPub.com. You may link to or share this post with full and proper attribution; however, the author retains the complete and unrestricted copyright to this work. Commercial use or distribution of any kind is prohibited without the express written permission of the author.

Join the Digital Fiction Pub newsletter for infrequent updates, new release discounts, and more: http://digitalfictionpub.com/blog/join-the-digital-fiction-pub-newsletter/

Tag: Recommended Books

Recommended Books

Escape From The Psi Academy (Psi Wars! Book 1)

Escape From The Psi Academy (Psi Wars! Book 1)

From the first day of his arrival at school in a wheelchair two weeks into the semester, Henry Greenberg suspects that Sebastian Drake has special powers that foils the cruel antics of the 9th grade bully, Frankie Nytz.Henry soon befriends Sebastian and is thrilled when they are both selected to att... More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Celestial Beans: Digital Science Fiction Anthology (Digital Science Fiction Short Stories Series Three)

Celestial Beans: Digital Science Fiction Anthology (Digital Science Fiction Short Stories Series Three)

Digital Science Fiction presents ten terrific science fiction short stories from ten talented authors. Featuring:Mirrors of Mars – John A. McColleyGod of Light – Domyelle RhyseHerd Mentality – Jay CaselbergOnly a Stone – John B. RosenmanHacking Larissa – Russell HemmellThe Report from Hans... More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Literal Illusion: Digital Fantasy Fiction Anthology (Digital Fantasy Fiction Short Stories Series One)

Literal Illusion: Digital Fantasy Fiction Anthology (Digital Fantasy Fiction Short Stories Series One)

An eclectic assortment of ten fantastical short stories, including:Half-Dime Adventure – Don WebbCry Havoc – Julie FrostLorelei – Elaine CunninghamThese Walls of Despair – Anaea LayLady of the Plagues – Elena GomelThe Seventh Trap – Adam KnightHow Fox Fixed the Sky – Stephen CaseThe We... More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Daunting Deviations: Digital Horror Fiction Anthology (Digital Horror Fiction Short Stories Series One)

Daunting Deviations: Digital Horror Fiction Anthology (Digital Horror Fiction Short Stories Series One)

Digital Horror Fiction presents 10 terrifying tales from 10 talented authors that are determined to ruin your sleep. Includes:Old Habits by Kenneth W. CainSymbols of Damnation by Tracie McbrideSupply and Demand by Robert HartA Serving of Nomu Sashimi by Eric J. GuignardIn the Market for Souls by Mik... More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
The Messiah

The Messiah

“If you’d come today you could have reached the whole nation, Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication...”What if a Jesus-like preacher came today? Would his message of peace and love be heard by the masses? Would they reject their beliefs and adopt those he espouses calling them to do and t... More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Realmgolds: A Novel of the Gryphon Clerks

Realmgolds: A Novel of the Gryphon Clerks

"It's everything that a reader could want in a steampunk novel. It combines politics, innovation, social unrest and the fight for basic freedoms in a compelling story." - Erin Eymard, The New Podler Review of BooksA reluctant, inexperienced and ineffectual ruler must become the leader his people ne... More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
The Black River Chronicles: Level One (Black River Academy Book 1)

The Black River Chronicles: Level One (Black River Academy Book 1)

You know these characters: The ranger, the fighter, the wizard, the rogue.But haven't you ever wondered how they learned to be those things?Three months into his studies at the Black River Academy of Swordcraft and Spellc... More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *