Rise Up, My Love

Surge decore meo. Sit vita tua conplebuntur sanctí sedere carinae.” The queen raised her hands above her head; her smile was hard and resolute. “Surge dilectione mea.” She took her scepter. The amethyst at its tip ignited. Indigo phantoms waltzed on the chapel’s stone ceiling. “Erige te amica mea. Simus unum iterum.” Purpurescent flames sparked from the scepter’s amethyst and landed at the queen’s black velvet slippers. Her gown created a current of air that wafted to the tiny purple flames and aroused them as she moved. They rose and swelled, licking at the draft to consume its life giving oxygen.

“Surgere et iungere vobis regina.” The queen approached the alter, and she placed her scepter on a stand near the head of the sarcophagus there. Laying her hands on the sepulcher she spoke, “Surge rex meus et adiunge regina vestra. Rise my king and join your queen!”

Rain pelted the stained glass windows. The wind whirred through the windows’ colored inlays. The queen could hear the birds in the belfry flapping their wings. “Rise my king!” she shrieked with passion.

The queen’s hands leapt from the stone lid of the king’s tomb, as if burned by a terrific heat. She stood paralyzed as the stone shifted then slowly slid in a diagonal motion away from the grim enclosure. She recognized her husband’s signet ring on the decomposed finger attached to the near skeletal hand that now crawled from the shadows of the sarcophagus and clenched the edge of its lid.

The king, having been roused from his years long rest, pushed the stone to the floor and stood from his tomb. The queen jumped at the sound the stone made as it struck the floor. She saw something she did not recognize. The eyeless sockets found her, and as if the king could see without the ocular orbs, his putrified lips turned upward in a grisly smile.

“My queen,” he groaned, though it was barely audible as his tongue was thoroughly deteriorated.

The queen screeched and fled from the alter, but her king pursued her. The rotting flesh of his legs sloughed off the bone and struck the concrete floor with a wet sound. Maggots covered the bits of flesh left behind. They inhabited the king’s arms and legs- and in his exposed nasal cavity.

The doors of the chapel were immovable, and no matter how the queen fought with them, they remained fixed. She could hear the king approaching, the sound of his feet shuffling on the floor and the sodden sound of the maggot infested flesh falling from his body.

The queen turned and pressed her back to the chapel’s great doors. Rigid with terror, she could not move as the king moved in on her.

She wept.

The king pressed his body against his queen’s. He put his infested hands through her hair and pressed his fetid loins against her. She could feel the worms livid and squirming through the material of his threadbare burial attire.

“My queen,” the king groaned again pressing his decaying lips to her neck.

She wept.

“My queen.”