Sunday, 26 February 2012

Now I Can See You by Dorothy Davies - February Femmes Fatales

An Interjection: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I didn't show anyone, so afraid of ridicule was I - but I couldn't help but splatter those words out onto paper and later, screen.

When I was at Junior School I won the annual writing contest one year but my English teacher sneered at me as she handed out my prize in front of the entire school, announcing that - if it had only been down to her choice - my best friend would have won. My best friend's family, unlike mine was very wealthy and influential. Funny that. Sadly, both my best friend and I were mortified. As for my teacher, the bitch went on to disaffect other students and it took many years for me to regain any confidence. I'm catching up now - in droves.

The reason for this pre-amble is that Dorothy Davies has been an incredibly supportive influence in my 'rebirth'. (How dramatic! Please don't think I'm that far up my own backside). Dorothy's writing, whether the wickedly dark fiction and horror you have read here or elsewhere, or her fabulously well-researched historical novels - is extraordinary.

I have no more introduction to make, than a simple, but very profound thanks to Dorothy Davies for all her support, encouragement and bloody-compelling fiction.



I wondered what sort of sight I was as I stood on his doorstep, waiting for him to open the door. Pretty horrific, I should think, with empty eye sockets weeping blood which trickled down my face and onto my clothes. I had one arm wrapped in duct tape around the arm of the chair which I had broken off in my escape efforts. He would not be pleased to see me, but he had something I wanted.

I heard the door open and the gasp of horror. I pushed at his unresisting chest and he backed into the hall. I sensed where we were going, pushed a bit more and he fell into the dining room, scrabbled to his feet and found a chair. Saved me the job.

I had duct tape in my pocket and, taking advantage of his shock, managed to tape him to his chair, only I did a better job of it than he had on me.

“Now,” I said, through teeth that were bound to be bloodstained – it had been hard biting through the tape – “let’s see how you like it!”


“You what? Thought I would die, Mr. Optic, like the others? No such luck. You picked the wrong person this time. Where are my eyes?”

“Eyes ...”

“Those things you scooped from my head with my own spoon, remember? I want them back.”


“They’re what? Eaten? Played with? Thrown to the cat? What?”

“In a jar of formaldehyde.”

“Oh. Right. Useless then.”

I could smell his fear, along with everything else. I must have been more horrific in appearance than I realised. He had let go of everything. And I do mean everything.

“Then you owe me some eyes, Mr. Optic.”

“Don’t call me that!”

“Why? That’s what the papers call you, isn’t it? You collect eyes, right?”


“You probably have some boring suburban name which matters not right now. I want some eyes. I’ll settle for yours instead.”

“No, please, I mean, let me...oh God, who are you? What are you?”

“Questions you should have asked before you tied me up and scooped out my eyes, Mr. Optic. Too late now.”

I had the spoon in my pocket, the one he used.

His screams were satisfying.

His eyes fit my sockets.

I stood back and watched the blood pouring down his face, just as it had mine, a few hours earlier. The difference was, I knew he would die.

I was about to walk out on him and his darkness forever, but paused to enjoy the moment a little longer.

“Thank you, Mr Optic. Now I can see you. I quite like what I see, too. That was for me and all the other women you mutilated and left to die. This should be a reminder to all you men who like to play murderous games... don’t mess with a zombie.”

_________ The End _________

Bio: Dorothy Davies is a writer, editor and medium who lives on the haunted Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. This may have something to do with the very strange stories she writes...


  1. Ha ha, there's a lesson in that last line for all of us! I enjoyed the story as I knew I would, but most of all, for me, it was the short, snappy retort of dialogue that was the icing on the cake. Thanks for this superb story, Dorothy. Absolutely loved it.

  2. thanks for the good words, Anna! I enjoyed working on this one, more than some of my other stories. You know how sometimes something flows - apart from the blood, that is - this was one of them.
    Lily, thank you so much for the introduction, which really touched me. I felt the bitterness created by that thoughtless teacher who should have known better. I've had knock-backs throughout my writing career and have tried to support other talented writers, knowing how much you can get hurt at times. I can be and have been cutting with people who should know better, some of the arrogance I have come up against has been unbelievable, but after 17+ years of editing and 30+ years of writing, I know talent when I see it.
    The stories which appear by the week on the Prediction and the stories featured on FFF are talent, pure and simple. I am more than honoured to be among them.


  3. Miss Woodville,
    Your story chocolate cake after a good meal...satisfying. I cannot tell you how I love to see the abused stand up and give it right back. Thank you for continuing to write and for caring for the writers who turn to you. I am always excited to see your works featured. Have a gorgeous day.

  4. Bravo, Dorothy, that was an awesome story! The whole 'scooping out of the eyeballs' was most satisfyingly icky. Yum yum!

    And Lily - I had a teacher like that. I mean, doesn't everyone? It's a shame that horrible people are allowed to trample on our children.

  5. Oh, a definite reminder to us men, thank you Dorothy, 'Two-scoops' Davies!

    Great writing, didn't see the zombie coming!

    And, yes, Dorothy has offered many words of support elsewhere. I, too am pleased for her inspiration.


  6. Excellent character - I want to see a zombie movie populated by stiffs like her!


Lily Childs is a writer of horror, esoteric, mystery and chilling fiction.

If you see her dancing outside in a thunder storm - don't try to bring her in. She's safe.