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By Louise Hawes

“ . . . and so they lived fortunately ever after.” bear in mind the fairy stories you place away once you stumbled on that no princess is as appealing as good judgment and chuffed endings are only the beginning?Well, the outdated stories are again, and they’ve grown up! Black Pearls brings you the tales of your youth, informed in a fashion you’ve by no means heard prior to. 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, repeatedly, 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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How each had wrapped one fist around his other thumb and pummeled Rampion with both hands joined. Even when the girl began to sob, they did not stop, and afterward her slender arms had been riddled with ugly scratches and bruises. The tower did little to comfort Rampion, though the shock of it stopped her tears. Jutting from the undergrowth at a slight angle, it no longer belonged to a castle but stood by itself, a crumbling ruin pointing halfheartedly at the sky. Even Tabby was dispirited as they neared the place, wondering if it could ever be made habitable.

He had begun work on the chest, his hands moving so expertly with the fittings, he hardly needed to look at all. " He raised his eyes to me, and if I saw no fondness there, his expression was at least kind. "We shall take the morning off, boy. " "I am afraid I would only slow you down, Pater," I said, ashamed. " I hated the reedy way my voice rose at the end of the question, the way my eyes avoided his. He barely hesitated. "No need," he told me, waving my concern away with his thick, corded arm.

For it was not the actual coming down—the crisp, almost smug way her toes found the ground—that bothered Tabby. " Tabby never thought of herself as a witch, nor had her adoptive sisters ever used the word. They called themselves Wise Women, and she knew no way but theirs. The coven had taken her in as a babe, had given her love and a home and the sweet, wild joy of flight. That joy, they told her, was neither sorcery nor heritage. It was the gift of every woman who comes to her first blood when the moon is full.

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