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Old Christmas Eve
by Robyn Fraser
January 5th. According to folklore, at midnight the animals in the barn speak in human voices.
Anna is tucked behind the hay bales, shaking with excitement.
The barn is dimly lit and cold, and the cows’ breath fogs the air. The ropes and hooks hung on the wall cast terrible shadows. She tries to ignore the whimpering from the veal crates.
When the clock chimes, the cows turn to Anna, their eyes rolling white.
“He’s a monster,” one whispers.
“Help us,” sobs another.
Everything goes quiet.
“Anna! Run,” the cows shout in unison, as the farmer’s shadow falls across her.”
Robyn Fraser is: a South African living in Switzerland; a writer of horror fiction; a devotee of dark books and films; a folklore enthusiast; the guardian of guinea pigs and feeder of rats; the cat’s mother.
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