Gorgon, by Chad A. Clark
Joey sped up to a jog to keep up with her. She had made blatant eye contact with him at the bar, or at least it had seemed so at the time, since he couldn’t really see her eyes behind the black lenses of her sunglasses. Regardless, he had seen the upturn of those lips, the suggestive nod as she had turned towards the exit.
But now that he had followed her out into the street, she was actually playing hard to get, and that just wasn’t going to fly. He had sacrificed the good money he had spent on that cover charge by following her out here, that was not going to go to waste. Five dollars lost meant that he should get something for his trouble. It was only fair.
He was about to give in, and just call out to her, when he saw a bum come stumbling from around the corner to make a grab at her arm.
“Hey!” he yelled. Maybe he could be the hero and get his foot in the door that way. She clearly didn’t need his help though, as she threw the guy back against the wall like he was nothing. She ripped the sunglasses off, and as they flicked past, he saw a brilliant flash of green light emerge from her eyes, like search-beams. It lit up the alley, and fully illuminated her hair that, in the nightclub, he had taken for tightly coiled locks.
“Holy Jesus,” he muttered at the sight of the snakes, writhing and whipping wildly about her head. The sunglasses returned to their starting position, and she glanced back over her shoulder at him before walking off.
The bum was still standing there against the wall, sort of half leaning over as if he was going to be sick. Joey ran to the guy, just to make sure he was all right. He reached out to grab his shoulder, to try and shake him out of his stupor.
“Holy…” He jerked his hand back as if it had been burned. His fingers trembled as he reached out again, brushing the man’s arm which, along with the rest of him had been turned into cool, solid stone.
For more short fiction, check out Chad’s books : A SHADE FOR EVERY SEASON (available in paperback, eBook and audiobook) and TWO BELLS AT DAWN (available in paperback and eBook)