As we’re in apocalyptic mode, I’m contributing this to HBHatnagar’s Two Phrase Story challenge. The opening phrase is
“It is the longest night…”
The challenge is to complete the story with a second phrase.
“It is the longest night…of the cycle, when sea beasts heave themselves onto the dark shore, the earth opens, and the buried beasts shake off the chains of root and stone, and in the crow black sky, winged beasts wheel and turn, searching for the red throb of human heat.”