Oxygenated Appetite

The feeling of discomfort grows. A strong desire turns to a craving, an insufferable appetite. Humans, a vampire’s cattle, walk before me unaware of their looming slaughter. Imaging the movement of the body fluid that fills their circulator systems overwhelms me. What shade of red runs through their veins? No matter, when the hemoglobin in their blood binds with the oxygen it turns a bright red. The sight, the smell, the texture– My eyes blur with a red of their own as I’m consumed by my lust filled hunger. Their bodies nothing more to me than a red convertible.

By Shari Marshall – 2022

Written in response to Carrot Ranch Literary Community 99-word challenge: red convertible.

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