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This is a series of 8 short stories.  They are so short they shouldn’t tax any reader for much effort.  What they seem in the beginning of this series is not what they evolve into.

Lady Nyo

She stood at the window, lost in thought. The crispness of autumn

purified the air at dusk. The moon had just risen, the sky was still

light, that peculiar time of evening when both sun and moon balanced

the sky. Watching the swifts and swallows flit over chimneys and

rooftops, wheeling like tiny black crescents in the sky, she wondered

about her unrest, her slight illnesses. As the moon rose, the swifts

were replaced with bats speeding like rockets back and forth in front

of the window. She could hear the sound of their twittering as they

flew by, sharing the day’s gossip.


“Laura!” Her husband’s voice near. “I’m coming” she called back.


Peering out the window her pupils opened wider. She saw strange

things. The veins in the leaves, the mounds of disturbed soil from

moles far below. The moon so close! Night  beckoned to her– she

felt like flying out there.


Under her gown she felt thin membranes grow under her arms. The

tissue, transparent, joined with two hooks on her elbows. Her breasts

shrunk to nothing, only large nipples remaining. Her sex seemed to

shift backwards, her vulva misplaced.


“I’m coming along nicely,” she whispered.


Jane Kohut-Batels

Copyrighted, 2007-2016


(This whole series was first published in “A Seasoning of Lust”, Lulu.com, 2009)


4 Responses to ““Metamorphosis””

  1. phoartetry Says:

    A shift in the ending I didn’t expect. Powerful for the viewers imagination.



  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Connie! First, thank you for reading this and sending a comment. I have always found that a writer learns more post-production from other writers than she knew about the piece when she was writing it! LOL!
    I liked the description of the night, the trees, the vision, etc. It is a very early piece for me, 2007. I had just started to write. Since I have been influenced by Japanese writing from the beginning….I tried to reduce words, hoping this would have an impact. This short series gets …well, goes from one side (horrific…you know….night things…. to slapstick. LOL!

    Again, thank you for reading this piece. I am going to let them flounder for a few days, and then proceed with the series. Hope you enjoy!


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  3. Liras Says:

    Oooohhh…she is getting ready to fly. Where oh where will she wing of to?


  4. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! That’s coming….maybe off her roof.

    Thanks for reading and your comment.


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