Christina Tesoro 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow

Christina Tesoro 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow



legend has it that a man stumbled into the forest and was attacked by a pack of wolves a young woman from half moon has drawn in breathing some stories foolish and others wandered out into the forest at night in some stories she bewitched and others she's protected by the power of her own beauty in any case she found the man leading and nearly dead in the snow she wept over his wounds and just when she thought he breathed his last he's grown up and ran naked and wild into the woods the girl was left alone perturbed months later Hackman was under attack the weather of magical humans the stories don't say whoever the enemy was they were defeated by the bats in the forest who the pack of wolves that now search him did the woman beckon him to save her town was he returning the favor the stories don't explain that either maybe it was a combination of both all I know is that's why the predicament got em in half moon is in danger the whole world is in danger even ours is the only town with the built-in safety plan that's why we can exist more or less normally while the rest of the world is busy being shaped into something new sacrifice one girl and life gets to continue what's one girl's life when compared to an entire town this year it's me I joined from the window and see the contents of my room the paintings my mother did when she was alive as she was pregnant with me the walls I'm rather told me I could bring them with me when I move world to where I'll be spending the rest of my life I took them down through the walls because I think it gives him some sort of comfort to think I'll be taking them with me but really I just think they'll make me sad I don't know what type of room we'll have there or what man living conditions will be but part of me thinks it would just be easier to break all times completely know our microscope home let go my body and start over in my new role as Princess kako that is the rest of my belongings are scattered uncertain about whether they are staying or going I look like any other seventeen year old girl at the tail end of the summer before she should be heading to college I wanted to be a nurse I wanted to help people to heal people now here's my whole life scattered in front of me here are the choices that have to make what to take what to be behind I guess if you think about it I'm started doing it anyway helping people there've been rumors over the past couple of years that not even happiness if anyone from the way the world is changing the town which when I was a kid was perfect sunny peaceful quiet like the commercials a sunscreen or something isn't what it used to be the streets during the day look completely dependent Hackman's always been a small town but now it looks more like a ghost towns are not yes the streets are strewn with yellowing weeks old newspapers to crisply painted corner stories have been replaced with neon project bars and even the newest changes are just dust crochets and flickering in my go away if I do the thing that everyone tells me I have to do that I've meant to do that happen our number will come back pretty as a picture safe enough for everyone but me if you want my opinion my theory I think this whole thing has chosen one thing isn't fate or anything like that I mean it is I can feel that I can't change it or control it the dreams are pretty bad but it also seems pretty convenient to me like I can see why people might want to think of it that way that's some kind of fairy tale to guarantee happy ending it's a lot nicer to think that you're sending a girl off to meet her it's charming even if his ephoralty to think just dr. Price's on one with an entire future delivering her like a down payment in return for the protection for the rest of your lives whatever I start thinking like that my heart starts to pound and I got this ringing in my ears and a tightness in my throat so sharp I almost can't breathe and maybe that's also part of the curse because that's what I think this is a curse a witch curse some poor girl centuries ago to fall in love with the Beast because the town decided to need protection and the beasts decided to eat it a mate everyone about what they live except the girl I'll be asked her opinion and they all lived happily ever after

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