Academic journal article Hecate

After the Fairy Tale

Academic journal article Hecate

After the Fairy Tale

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As usual I get the blame, The crone is always evil. I only wanted her to stay up there long enough to finish her education, so she wouldn't end up like the rest of them, ordinary and overworked, fat with babies every other year. She said I was neurotic, obsessive; that I had to let her go.

So I did and off she went. He didn't have a horse, only a clapped out Holden, impractical! Couldn't even build a ladder. or think of rope. He wasn't even very handsome, though long hair for men was in again that year.

I fixed up her old bedroom in the attic I'd made mine, put away my sewing and books, left jars of flowers on the bedhead. 'It's only a single', she complained, though I'd thought that was the whole idea 'I feel restricted.' I don't know what she wants. 'Maybe I'll go to college next year.' There's a lot to learn that's not in books.

The phone bill has tripled. He reverses the charges just to tell her I'm a witch, and she rings when I'm asleep and weeps afterwards, softly. …

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