“Alexios III (and IV and V) in Hell”

An unpleasant reunion in the afterlife.

A cackling demon prodded Alexios III.

Hellfire licked the soul and soles of the former emperor. 

Although only recently deceased, the weary man tired of eternity in just a few seconds. 

“Stop these abuses!” Alexios III finally pleaded. “What have I done to receive such vile treatment?”

The demon laughed even wilder after hearing these words.

“Tell me! I beg you! Why do I find myself in this pit of fire?”

The demon twisted a gruesome face into a smile.

You’d have to ask them!”

A gnarled finger extended toward the chained skeletons of Alexios IV and Alexios V.

 

 

“Unearthly Hues of Cyan”

Originally appearing with The Evening Theatre in June of 2018, this post is a slightly reworked “Unearthly Hues of Cyan”.

The extraction of helium – 3 from Uranus was entirely automated, leaving Emily Rockwood too much time to think.