No one knows I’m here.
I creep through the halls and sneak into the bedroom.
Excitement ignites deep in the belly. I put a hand to my mouth to hold the laughter that threatens my presence.
I see the fear within her eyes and feel something…I think…akin to pity, and I am confused. This fleeting moment of humanity vanishes when her screams begin. No longer confused I am transfixed, no turning away. I will look. I have to look because it’s the rules…the rules of this castle of which I dwell.
When I was re-born, it was hard to watch. Now my dread has turned to wonder. Giddiness came, but it was shy and hid in the shadows until the knife was held high. Then with a cackle giddiness would scream, “This is the way! The way you did die!”
The knife descends; the deed is done. Her body bleeds, as her spirit ascends.
She looks at me.
I open my arms to welcome the new arrival.