face of the dead man, now gleaming ghastly in the light, and now
extinguished by some floating shadow, appeared at each emergence to have
taken on a new and more forbidding expression, a maligner menace.
Frightened even more than ourselves by the girl's scream, rats raced in
multitudes about the place, squeaking shrilly, or starred the black
opacity of some distant corner with steadfast eyes, mere points of green
light, matching the faint phosphorescence of decay that filled the
half-dug grave and seemed the visible manifestation of that faint odor
of mortality which tainted the unwholesome air. The children now sobbed
and clung about the limbs of their elders, dropping their candles, and
we were near being left in total darkness, except for that sinister
light, which slowly welled upward from the disturbed earth and
overflowed the edges of the grave like a fountain.
Image by Noah Fentz.