Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes

By Louise Hawes

“ . . . they usually lived fortunately ever after.” keep in mind the fairy stories you place away when you came upon that no princess is as attractive as logic and chuffed endings are only the beginning?Well, the previous stories are again, and they’ve grown up! Black Pearls brings you the tales of your formative years, informed in a fashion you’ve by no means heard sooner than. rather than lulling you to sleep, they’ll wake you up—to the haunting disappointment that waits simply contained in the home windows of a gingerbread cottage, the fervour that fuels a witch’s flight, and the heartache that comes, many times, on the stroke of midnight.Make no mistake: those tales are as darkish as human nature itself. yet they shine, too, lit with the fireplace of our desires and our starvation for magic.

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She showed her how to bind herself, how to wash the cloth and bind again. " She drew the girl to the window they had fashioned of the useless door, and together they looked out at the forest below. " She pictured the clearing in the woods, imagined them joining the coven's flight. Already, as if it had been days instead of years, she could feel the swift climb, the unstoppable cresting, like a tide in her veins. The next day, instead of heading for the village, Tabby hurried to the sacred grove.

As she listened to the shallow, even breaths of the babe in her lap, she closed her eyes and tried to feel her way through the years that lay ahead. Tabby was not blessed, as some in the coven were, with the gift of second sight, so the image she saw was more yearning than certainty, but it was a comfort nonetheless—a girl fair enough to be a princess, with a slender, graceful form and a laugh that tumbled like falls down a mossy bank. She did not know how long they sat, the little one curled against her with her left thumb in her mouth, Tabby rigid with bliss, counting the small heartbeats that drummed against her own chest.

That first day and many after, Tabby and the girl scrubbed and polished. They hauled bedding, benches, and trestles from the house they had left behind and dragged them up the winding stairs. For though they placed a few sconces and a braided rug in the hall on the ground floor, most of their belongings had to be carried to the topmost room, where the window and the old doorway let in a comforting, buttery light. They pushed a chest against the larger opening and hung thick curtains, turning it into a passable window.

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