Valley of despair #shortprose

what do you see . Photo prompt;

A tyrant in life, with a soul barren of love and a thirst for power, unquenchable

Discarded as a boy, he’d cursed the gods and spat foul blasphemies heavy with despair.

He sought power from the deepest fathoms of hell, syphoned strength from wicked crevinces of evil

He’d drained his heart of good, filled it with spite and an aching lust for revenge, a loathing for the gods who’d forsaken him.

He conquered and slayed countless souls, amassing grotesque power to challenge those indifferent gods, power that fed off his essence, gnawed him down to skin and bone.

A final sacrifice was required and blinded by bitterness, he dragged a soul pure and uncorrupted to his valley of despair. He bound a goddess to the little girl and drew the accursed blade, ready to desecrate the land with her divine blood.

But the gods were enraged and smote him before he delivered the fatal blow. They damned him to eternal suffering. Immortalised him in stone, an example set for countless generations. A warning of the cost of choosing evil.

And there he still dwells, wrathful and trapped in the swamp that is his valley of despair.


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Great story telling Jude! Thanks a lot for participating.

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  2. memadtwo says:

    If only all evil paid such a price…(k)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah, exactly what I was thinking

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  3. Beautiful! But it’s so green around him…so there is life, hope and beauty…..

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    1. judeitakali says:

      There is always a chance for redemption

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  4. msjadeli says:

    Those who follow a path of evil have a trajectory just as you describe. They remain tethered to it until consumed to ash or grace shines on them. Good tale of destruction.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I know right? Never give in to those darkest desires, not all the way at least

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  5. Chris Hall says:

    Well written!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Hall🍀🤗

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  6. Outstanding storytelling. You certainly captured the full essence of this prompt.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks Beckie, glad to have you reading

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