Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
moonlight_ray would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

The Red Strings

By moonlight_ray All Rights Reserved ©

Mystery / Thriller

The Red Strings

At first glance, all you would see is a room full of strings; strange, dark doll-like masses dangling from them, suspended at different heights above the ground like puppets. Perhaps you’re the one of the more observant types and could tell that all the strings were the same shimmery hue of red, or maybe you’d notice the eerie silence of the place first.  Your eye might be drawn to the strangely human-like attributes of the dolls, or possibly to the sheer number of them, so many you could spend eternity counting them.

But few would be actually acute enough to sense his presence. And by him, I of course refer to the master of this peculiar room, the being that silently wanders the endless display of strings and dolls.

You don’t see him, you say? Well, I wouldn’t expect you to. Unless you’ve been here a long time and know exactly what to look for, the master is terribly difficult to spot.

He wears a deep red cloak, almost the same tint as the infinite fields of scarlet strings. He moves slowly and leisurely, often out of caution, but what has he to hurry for, really?  His face and body are entirely concealed; however, you can easily catch a glimpse of his hands when he passes by, for the curtain of strings was so thick he has to push his way through them.

Ah! There, the ripple amongst the strings to your left! Do you see it? That’s him, the master weaving his way through. He’s coming this way, but don’t worry—he isn’t coming for us.

The master stops a few paces away, before a feminine doll hanging from a long red string. Look closely and you can see that its string is frayed, the glossy red cord a bit weaker than those around it. The master touches the string, rubbing it between two fingers. He gently yanks on it, and when it doesn’t give way, he nods in satisfaction. This one will pass.

He picks another one nearby; a male attached to a shorter string, perhaps only three-quarters of the previous length. This string appears much sturdier, its red more vibrant, but when the master plucks at it, the doll vibrates shakily. The master, displeased, reaches into the depths of his cloak, withdrawing a simple pair of sharp silver scissors.

He poises the blades over the string, and snip—the doll falls from its suspension. It tumbles onto the floor, disintegrating into ash.

The master, done his business, moves on; he disappears back into the endless drapery of red.

Life and death, the fate of each individual human—it is all decided in this very room, the room of the red strings of fate. 


Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, moonlight_ray
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

pikagirl311: Katie Masters has definite skill when it comes to plot work and characters. The story is well-paced and pulls you along with the tide, keeping you hooked until the very end. The only reason I did not give it five stars across the board is due to a few minor quibbles with misspellings and such lik...

Felisa Yoder Osburn: I really enjoyed the story. Civil War stories are some of my favorites and the intertwining of the past with current times was wonderful. I look forward to reading the next stories.

kim: This is great! Maybe it could just be a little more specific. One of the keys to great writing is describing things in detail. I think you're off to a great start. I wish you much luck.

Ali Albazaz: I started reading "Caged" few hours ago and I'm on chapter 7 now. Caged is definitely one of the most addictive stories I've ever read. Thank you so much for writing this novel.

Girl on Fire: Great story, line Alex!!!It really has a edge on it. It put me on edge with its thrill. Can't wait to read the rest.!!!

Alex Reltin: This is a great story! I love how well you go into detail and emotions of Capri, and Mel. You have amazing dialogue and overall it's just a thrill to read!The only critique I could find is that some of the paragraphs should be separated. For example:-"If Nia would have just let me take the car an...

Dinzy: To begin with,If you have not read this story yet; well what are you waiting for... Go and read it. The best part of this story is how each character is describing the story in their own words. For example, my favorite parts are chapter 38 and 39 when we start reading what Ava says then it jumps ...

Deleted User: (A review in progress). I like this. It's sparse, gritty and atmospheric - reminiscent of the classic Golden Age of American detective fiction of the Thirties. I've only read the beginning, but I'll definitely be back. This writer knows their stuff and has done their homework on detective work. T...

Alex Rushmer: I read the first chapter, and I'm not sure I can handle anymore, but I certainly liked what I read. The idea of the drug, Fortis, was very interesting, and I enjoyed how you conveyed its effects. The beginning is very intriguing. I think I'd like to see you do a little more with the main characte...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
King's Lament

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."