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

Ignis Fatuus: Digital Fantasy Fiction Anthology (Digital Fantasy Fiction Short Stories Series One)

Ignis Fatuus: Digital Fantasy Fiction Anthology (Digital Fantasy Fiction Short Stories Series One)

Ten Unique Stories by Professional Fantasy Fiction AuthorsIgnis Fatuus - Digital Fantasy Fiction Anthology: Series 1 - Book 2 includes ten great fantasy fiction short stories:Father’s Footsteps – Abby GoldsmithAxioms + Ecstasy – T. T. TrestleGrimahlka – Caroline MillerBen Franklin and the Sk... More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Casual Conjurings: Digital Fantasy Fiction Anthology (Digital Fantasy Fiction Short Stories Series One)

Casual Conjurings: Digital Fantasy Fiction Anthology (Digital Fantasy Fiction Short Stories Series One)

Ten Unique Stories by Professional Fantasy Fiction AuthorsCasual Conjurings - Digital Fantasy Fiction Anthology: Series 1 - Book 3 includes ten great fantasy fiction short stories:Bitter Water – Julia AugustPerchance to Dream – DJ CockburnRindelstein’s Monsters – David TallermanSongs for the... 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
Memento Mori: A Digital Horror Fiction Anthology of Short Stories

Memento Mori: A Digital Horror Fiction Anthology of Short Stories

If you’re looking for an array of Horror stories to sink your teeth into, look no further than Memento Mori…pay the Ferryman, and prepare to take the ride of your life.The title, Memento Mori, is Latin and literally means: “Remember you too must die.” An ominous-sounding phrase, the saying d... More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Alluring Dread: Digital Horror Fiction Anthology (Digital Horror Fiction Short Stories Series One Book 2)

Alluring Dread: Digital Horror Fiction Anthology (Digital Horror Fiction Short Stories Series One Book 2)

Alluring DreadTen horrific tales, including:Servile Spirits to Invent by Julie FrostGull Tender by Ken GoldmanWorried About by Brandon McNultyAnna Belle’s Return by Jay SeateThe Product by Bruce MemblattThe Suicide Club Membership Drive by Stephen L. AntczakCreekmore by Jeff BarrScarecrows and Dev... 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
Killing It Softly: A Digital Horror Fiction Anthology of Short Stories

Killing It Softly: A Digital Horror Fiction Anthology of Short Stories

The Best by Women in Horror Suzie Lockhart and Digital Horror Fiction are thrilled to present 31 chilling tales of terror from some of the best authors in horror. Killing It Softly includes stories from New York Times best selling authors Nancy Holder and Elaine Cunningham, together with more shocking short nightmares from the finest award winning female writers in the genre. More info →
Buy from Amazon Kindle

Leave a Reply

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