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Hunched and shaking on the end of the bed, Bella Grizzel was a wretched sight. Slight for her age, she seemed almost to fade into the walls - though the walls would have had to be very dirty ones. If one had been able to see past the grime -- for Bella Grizzel was filthy indeed -- they might have noticed an odd assortment of scars. Strings of dark hair hung loosely in a dirty curtain that almost hid a face that was, somehow, dirtier still. The child's grimy fingers held onto an old and tattered bear, sewn together so many times he seemed more stitch than fur. She trembled, fingertip to toe, and the sound of her weeping carried itself through the darkness. In another room, a body turned; rolled; stilled again. It dreamed on as the weeping became pleading, before it, too, stilled.

Ragged breathing and a deep grumbling echoed through the house for the next few hours. "You must," the rumble seemed to say. "I hunger. I thirst." In response, quiet whimpers followed whispered pleas, ever more desperate as the moon inched her way past.

Eventually, a deep sigh -- one of pain, not relief -- weaved through the night. The quiet snick of scissors, thread through cloth, held breaths and a humming tiredness followed. When the moon moved on, and the dawn broke, a depleted Bella Grizzel shrank into the pillows.

No longer hunched or shaking, she remained a wretched sight. The sun lingered upon her face, vividly marking out the shape of a memory, sewn closed. Beside her shriveled form, a tattered bear, more stitch than fur, managed to look full.
Okay, so this got pretty dark already. Viva le FFM!

I used the prompt generator over at flashfictionmonth.weebly.com/f… but I accidentally clicked past the prompt I used, which was about a little girl putting memories into her teddy bear.

I feel like Bella might have some pretty hefty backstory, and that this is a lot more of an SA therapy piece than a terrifying teddybear thing.


**Rebranded to FFM day 2 since I noticed the prompts & challenge too late yesterday.
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017   Writer
Well, this is terrifying. Half because of the bear, and half because of her need to remove the memories in the first place. The quiet snick of scissors is always a terrifying sound.
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
That got scary real fast!
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TheBrokenBride Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
Well that's creepy. And fantastic. Fantastically creepy.
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KiriHearts Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017
This was so terrifying to read. Glad you're here!!
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you! <3
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely to see you in my inbox again, darling girl. (You've been missed.)

This story does not disappoint. :heart:
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks lovely. I've missed you, as well!
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, honey. :hug:
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TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
:fear: I totally get what you mean about this being more of a therapy piece but also it is a therapy piece that works wonderfully well as a terrifying teddybear thing :heart:
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! <3

I think I'll probably wind up visiting young Bella's backstory at some point this FFM somehow...
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TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
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