It's time once again for Five Sentence Fiction! The word for this week is BEAUTY.
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Chapter 44: Terrifying Beauty
“Beautiful,” Ylana murmured to herself as she watched the colorful tendrils enfold the world below them.
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This observation may have sounded heartless to many, though no one but Nara was there to hear it, but if there was anything that Ylana had learned in her short life, beauty did not necessarily correspond with morality. In her experience, if something good also happened to be beautiful, the relationship was incidental, or even purposely engineered.
Ylana’s thoughts returned to memories of her home world and the rituals the Kryllians mandated when a female of her species first became a host. Though the blue sludge that flowed through the host body wreaked havoc beyond measure, the initial hosting ritual involved colorful banners, elaborate chants, decadent food, and a multitude of other distractions that were meant to keep the subjugated populace from recognizing the terrifying reality of what was required of them.