Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Every Time I Close My Eyes”!

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“The Pendulum’s Promise”, teased as last week’s Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Every Time I Close My Eyes”! (MC FF)


Kaitlyn’s having trouble with one of her graphics designers–Elise has just submitted her latest attempt at a logo for their client, and it’s bad. So bad that it’s doing things to Kaitlyn’s head…which was what Elise wanted all along. Here’s a taste:


“Haaagh!” Kaitlyn let out an involuntary gasp of disgust as she opened the image file. It was…hideous. Beyond hideous–it actively bordered on deranged. It was nothing but a looping, twisting scrawl that crossed in on itself over and over, occasionally taking sharp angles that gave the whole thing a jagged and uncomfortable feel despite the numerous soft curves. The only way they could use this in a branding campaign was if they planned to announce Carson’s new product line of demon-worshiping cult hoodies.


“Whaddya think?” Elise said, popping through the door to Kaitlyn’s office uninvited and closing it behind her. “Did you open it? Did you see it? Whaddya think?” Her tiny, perky body practically vibrated with enthusiasm, as though each and every one of her short blonde hairs was standing on end with excitement.


Kaitlyn shuddered. “I can still see it every time I close my eyes,” she said faintly, her voice an aural picture of trauma. She wasn’t exaggerating; the image felt like it was burned into her retinas, an endless and unfollowable tangle of loops and whorls and spiky peaks. She blinked a few times, but it was still there.


Hope you enjoy it!

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