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Art by Darren Blanch 2020

Idylls of the Queen

by Dini Armstrong

 

When the rapist hit her again, the impact of his right fist shattered the permanent mandibular first and second premolars on the left side of her jaw.

Within minutes his hand was visibly swollen, suggesting a fracture in his fifth metacarpal. An inexperienced fighter. Savvy pugilists present with a break in the second metacarpal. Suppressing the urge to offer him some ice for the swelling, she silently recited Tennyson. Idylls of the King. At one point she had to start again because she got muddled between the “Coming of Arthur” and the “Passing of Arthur.” The terracotta tiles were cold. Her mum had been right, linoleum would have been warmer.

The guy was so tall.

When he finished, he washed her blood off his cock in the kitchen sink. Right there, splattering over the mug that read Queen of Fucking Everything in faded colors, from overuse. She couldn’t help feeling embarrassed about the dirty dishes in the sink. She was going to take care of that before bedtime.

In total, He was there for 19 minutes. She knew, because when He arrived at the door, with his fake Amazon parcel, the BBC Weekend news started at 17:15 and Captain Francesco Schettino steered the 60,000-ton Costa Concordia cruise ship off course, turning it into the largest shipwreck in history. When Kirsty McCabe told her to expect localized upland snow in various parts of Scotland, the door closed behind him.

 

 

Dini Armstrong, now Scottish, has worked in journalism and psychology. She is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing and has published short stories and flash fiction. Her pithy style got her into trouble from age six, when, after writing a particularly seditious piece about a vengeful cat with explosives, she had to promise never to write again. She lied.



Darren Blanch, Aussie creator of visions which tell you a tale long after first glimpses have teased your peepers. With early influence from America's Norman Rockwell to show life as life, Blanch has branched out mere art form to impact multi-dimensions of color and connotation. People as people, emotions speaking their greater glory. Visual illusions expanding the ways and means of any story.

Digital arts mastery provides what Darren wishes a reader or viewer to take away in how their own minds are moved. His evocative stylistics are an ongoing process which sync intrinsically to the expression of the nearby written or implied word he has been called upon to render.

View the vivid energy of IVSMA (Darren Blanch) works at: www.facebook.com/ivsma3Dart, YELLOW MAMA, Sympatico Studio - www.facebook.com/SympaticoStudio, DeviantArt - www.deviantart.com/ivsma and launching in 2019, as Art Director for suspense author / intrigue promoter Kate Pilarcik's line of books and publishing promotion - SeaHaven Intrigue Publishing-Promotion.


In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020