"Maeg, my Sister, I have loved you and never forgotten you; and that is why I am here. I would not have come if I did not wish to free you from this torment. Return to our parents, and tell them that I love them; and that I always will."

Smiling, she stood, and he felt himself go cold. He lay bleeding on the silvery grass for some time after his living heart had been torn from his chest; and then he knew only blessed silence until the next full moon, when he had no choice but to dance and caper with the others, screaming imprecations that only they could hear.

The End


A Gilded Serpent