Handoma

Handoma

A Story by Sami Khalil
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The village (WITCH...)

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Handoma/Sami Khalil

(The Village witch)

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She was ominous looking. A widow with dark gifts, according to townsfolk, who slavishly followed their mutable fears, sometimes framed in ignorance.


Her face was lined, snow-white, but to behold at narrow glimpse with eldritch manners. "Incredibly strong", she was accused of many mystical occurrences in this alpine village straddled by lofty mountains, bone chilling; A rebellion against the gruesome king, resulting in her husband’s death, who was the key-holder and the rebel leader; A famine that followed her curse of the land; The suffocation of the high priest; The eerie shrieking sounds at quiet nights; The totems and books found in her house…


There was rage and much accusations by the populace. It seemed everyone wanted simple answers or solutions toward certain types for adoption. In particular, no self-identification with the outcasts of society. What a pity! For many people operate in their own self-interest without compassion, influenced or not, for saturation points.


“Death must follow her”, they demanded. “We must set her and her house on fire” and so they tried but she escaped, unlike her house, to the woods, to be bound by solitary veils.


Starless were the nights she spent recalling her husband’s memory, who was her sword and shield. If she can only visit his grave at night stealthily, and be with him, summoning his spirit, then the embers of love will stay inflamed as ever out of life’s agony.


Something told her to go back to town, in dancing shadows of the Moon, and pay her respects. It could be a dream or it could be a nightmare, but she was adamant with certainty.


The evil guardians were waiting for her, tipped by a plethora of spies, who took her to the townhall, to be burned alive, while the happy, sanguine red chanters, who went around and around in circles, became all utterly blind magically. 


She had the last laugh!

Overwhelming was her joy.


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Satisfyingly chilling!

Oh, it will always pay to be careful of those we cast adrift! For the ripples of our choices will come back to haunt us on the wings of vengeance!

Both at once, chilling and truthful, you have again concocted a wonderful short story in that descriptive, journalistic style. This one had me cast back to the days of Salem and the witch hunts!

As always, an excellent piece of writing. Another fine addition to your written volume.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

Wow! Million thank you beloved poet and friend for this amazing review and truthful words. Even your.. read more
Doodley

8 Months Ago

The pleasure is all mine, Sami. I will get to your other writes soon.
Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

:)................
Suspicions, ignorance, and mob mentality a deadly combination that consumed the life of a grieving widow! Your stories are as unique as your poetry!

Posted 8 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

I so like to thank you beloved poet for this lovely visit and kind review. You speak the truth. All .. read more
Mrudula Rani

8 Months Ago

My dear poet, Reading your writings is entirely my pleasure, thanks for sharing.
Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

:)................
are you sure it wasn't a cackle? ;))) certainly hails back to the witch trial .. the irony so well pointed out ..as the alleged "good" townspeople ..circle chant and burn ...and SHE" the witch ...riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!
a dark tale sir! was it fun to write? and i love the pic! makes me think of the banshees of Ireland ..
E.
ps. i googled the name but did not come up with anything definite...is it one you made up?

Posted 8 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

It is based on a true lady's name I knew growing up in Lebanon and its alpine towns. Her name was Ha.. read more
Einstein Noodle

8 Months Ago

wow! what an interesting life you have had ... yes..that mentality is very brutal and truly mentally.. read more
Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

:).................
Wow I loved the last two sentences of this story. I love those who can create a great stories that are truly "Short Stories", and you have done so. LOVED IT.
-Richard

Posted 8 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

Wow! Thank you so much Richard for gracing me with your wonderful visit. Glad you like it.
this is great sami,this stuff took place no telling how many times in centries past,the christian society,and of course the back bitters of the day,,i wonder how many good people was murdered in this fashion,i don`t even want to know,,,great imagery as well

Posted 8 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

Wow! You tell the truth like it is. You are right, it happened here and many other societies. People.. read more
 wordman

8 Months Ago

they are afraid of the un known,the different.many a good woman was murdered by stupidity
Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

All true and sad. God help them.
Note: Sanguine chanters turned red from the immensity of the fire.
'Sanguine means also red or blood-red.

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Zoe
Wow, that was quite chilling. I love dark stuff and this was no exception. Great work!

Posted 8 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

Wow! Thank you so much Zoe for this lovely visit and wonderful review. Much appreciated.
Zoe

8 Months Ago

No problem!
Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

:)...............
Oooo err. Bit scary this story. Not the kind of stuff I normally read. It held me until the end. Nice short story.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

Whoa! Thank you so much beloved poet and friend for taking the time and effort. So glad you like it... read more
A haunting and wonderful story shared my friend. I liked the artwork and the ending. Thank you Sami for sharing the amazing story.
Coyote

Posted 8 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

Thank you too amazing poet and friend for all you say and do. I'm delighted to see you.
Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

I love your work and you are welcome my friend.
Sami Khalil

8 Months Ago

Same here...:)..............

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