By Mercedes Lackey
Kidnapping Persephone must have been a simple activity. yet within the Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple--and the incorrect blonde goddess is stolen via mistake, leaving Prince Leopold with out his new bride. no less than till he braves the world of the lifeless to get her back...
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There’s nothing wrong with you, Shu,” she said. ” And she started sobbing again. We were locked in a bear hug like two wrestlers. I had to lean back and gasp for breath. But my mother’s a Mary, and I knew she would always look after me just like the Holy Mother. She would never tease me. The thought made me happy. And that’s the way it has been—she really has taken care of me, for more than forty years now. Of course, there have been times when she’s shouted and scolded and smacked me. But I knew I was safe as long as I was with my Mary.
I don’t recall much else about that day. One thing I do remember is ants—swarms of black ants scurrying back and forth between pools of blood scattered among the rubble and glass. It occurred to me that it was this great army of ants that had picked me off the ground and was carrying me along. I saw a body that had split open at the abdomen. I didn’t know who it was. I was too scared to look at the face. Gooey white intestines spilled out like noodles. A knot of what might have been a tapeworm squirmed around the open wound.
It’s time I got married and settled down. Her cell phone was ringing again. She frowned and answered the thing impatiently. The ballpoint pen was twirling around her ﬁngers faster than ever now. I could tell that I was in danger of falling completely under her spell if I wasn’t careful. I might start stalking her and get arrested. I would end up all alone in a cell, pulling at my winkie and crying myself to sleep. Why does the pain get worse the deeper you love someone? They said I have the mind of a junior high school student.