Time: 7 minutes. Click here to go to my list of prompts.
“Here, drink this, dear,” the old hag said. The darkened growth on her nose shook. “You don’t want to come down with anything.” Leo thought it sounded a little like a threat, but he was cold to the bone after getting lost in the woods. It had been so lucky to find her home, so tucked away from it all.
“Thank you, ma’am. I’m not sure what would have become of me if not for you.” The beverage steamed enticingly. His put his face close to the cup and felt the radiating warmth.
She just smiled, revealing a row of gray and uneven teeth. The ones that she had, that was.
“It smells delicious, what’s in it?”
“Just some tea and some spices. It’s an old family recipe. It’ll heat you right up.”
He blew on it to cool it off. She leaned in, strangely interested. He tilted the cup back and took a deep drink. It felt wonderful, the heat spreading down his body. “This is delicious,” he said.
“Yes,” she said.
He continued drinking the tea. In no time, he didn’t feel any chill anymore. He felt wonderful, and tingly all over. Then black hairs sprung from his arms. “What—what’s happening?”
“Don’t fight it,” she said with a kind but uncomforting smile. He was growing fur!