Black Petals Issue #93 Autumn, 2020

Parasite in the Shadows
BP Artists and Illustrators
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Justin Alcala: A Horse for Us All-Fiction
Matthew Penwell: Bless Be Him-Fiction
Shiloh Simmons: Coffin Birth-Fiction
John Cox: Don't Teach Cats Latin-Fiction
Ken Hueler: I, Said the Fish-Fiction
R. A. Busby: Not the Man I Married-Fiction
Jude Clee: Notes from a Bathroom Stall-Fiction
M. W. Moriearty: Scarecrows-Fiction
Robert Masterson: Sharper Than She Ever Imagined-Fiction
Michael Steven: The Mirror-Fiction
Kevin Hawthorne: The Song-Fiction
Marlin Bressi: The Man on the Box-Fiction
Terry Riccardi: Winter Hunt-Fiction
Stephen J. Tillman: Angry Tammy-Flash Fiction
Andreas Hort: Pay the Price!-Flash Fiction
Sam Clover: Piety and Parm-Flash Fiction
Deisy Toussaint: Parasite in the Shadows-Flash Fiction
Outnumbered-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Mickey Sloan: Basement Beldam-Poetry
Daniel G. Snethen: Grandmother Screamed-Poetry
Daniel G. Snethen: Pumpkin Tanka-Poetry
Daniel G. Snethen: Yellow Death-Haiku
Theresa C. Gaynord: The JuJu Man-Poetry
Theresa C. Gaynord: The Widow Paris-Poetry
Theresa C. Gaynord: Funeral at the Louisiana Bayou-Poetry
Theresa C. Gaynord: The Old Hag-Poetry
Loris John Fazio: Halloween Prayer-Poetry
Marilyn Lou Berry: My Darling, My Sustenance-Poetry
Chris Collins: Nature-Poetry

Art by W. Jack Savage © 2020

Parasite in the Shadows

By Deisy Toussaint

Translated by Toshiya Kamei


Something tears you up inside. Huge claw marks run across your belly, struggling to burst out. Your bowels are undone. Howls pierce the air. You start to bleed profusely and panic. The shadows invade your room until it’s almost dark, until you’re only lit by a dim moonbeam intriguing the chilling gloom.

You try to walk through the squelch of pain. You reach for the chair. Stumble. Your legs give away. Out. You slide to the floor.

Your pupils dilate when something breaks out of you. A dreadful being crawls out. Your breath languishes. His feet reach the ground. He glares at you as he devours the umbilical cord and the rest of the sack that contained him.

With love in your eyes, you reach for your baby with bloody fingers. As you’re about to gasp for your last breath, your spawn scurries into the shadows.


Deisy Toussaint is a Dominican journalist based in Santo Domingo. Her work has appeared in anthologies and journals such as Mujer en pocas palabras, El fondo del iceberg, and miNatura. She is co-author with Óscar Zazo of Operación Azabache: La invasión (2017).

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