Skeleton Woman bared the fisherman, slipped a finger into his warmth, retrieved the heart, clasped it to her core.
You want to say, they aren’t nightmares. You say, “I haven’t been alone in years.”
I can only remember how pale she was, how I wondered what weights she was carrying in her soul to bow her head so low.
we guard our teeth as soft / handed women guard / their pearls
Within the tower there was no want for anything but soft gentleness and simple fire.
Muttering, / she handed me / grinning flame. / I did not know / its will.
The witches warned them that the homeworld had become a wild place, and that the sun and moon had become dim.
Forgiveness is a knife, blunt despite the whetstone.
I am Acorn Kate. I have experience with shapeshifting spells, invisibility spells, faerie lore, seeing in the darkness, and much more. I’m here to break the curse.
I’d like for you to cast an enchantment on me. To other women, I will appear as I am. Ordinary. Human. But to men, I will be hideous. A monster.
They say she could leave a man lifeless, suck him dry of essence. I wonder what it is to know that power.