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This is from a WIP, with the placeholder name of “Bluebeard,” very loosely based on that fairy tale. Every year on the Winter Solstice, a sorcerer takes a sixteen-year-old girl as his bride, divorcing her and exiling her before he takes a new bride the next year.

Summary: The sorcerer Aamir “Mire” has married the narrator, Gwyn, spelled them into his tower, told her to make dinner, then interviewed her, suggested rather rudely that she can visit his bedroom if she gets lonely, and she stormed off. I skipped over some exploring, and now she has decided to snoop around his floor.

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The first door I came to was painted blue, so I listened at it, and hearing nothing, tried it. It opened on his bedroom, with dark wood furniture, and mysterious items strewn around, though the room overall was neat and clean. Past the bed, I saw the doors to the balcony.

Tempted, I took a step forward. I wanted to see the view from the top of the tower, to stare in the direction of the home I would never see again. But the mountains on the southern border would be visible, stretching towards the sky. While I thought, my feet had drifted closer to the balcony. Feeling guilty for intruding, I  retraced my steps, reaching for the door that had mostly closed behind me.

It swung open, the sorcerer on the other side.

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This story is very loosely based on Bluebeard. The sorcerer is cursed, and the brides are caught up in the curse, though the nearby villagers don’t know how or why. He keeps the kingdom safe with his magic, and his brides tie him to a land he couldn’t otherwise protect. There are other ways to do this tying–but his curse demands a bride.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

28 responses »

  1. Oh boy…one can only guess what the sorcerer will assume about her purpose for being in his bedroom! Wonder how she’ll get herself out of this one! Nicely done. 🙂

  2. Uh oh. Can’t wait to hear what she’ll say to him because your character is never at a loss for words! Great snippet!

  3. Kim Magennis says:

    She is so busted! I am sure our Sorcerer is going misconstrue her presence. I can’t wait to hear the dialogue!

  4. Oh my, that will be an interesting conversation:). Fabulous description.

  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    It wasn’t what she was looking for, but she sure found something.

  6. Tamara Lush says:

    I haven’t heard of this fairy tale but it’s a fascinating premise. Great job!

    • It’s a less popular one–the husband tells the wife not to go into a room, and when she does, she finds the bodies of his previous wives. Each one disobeyed and he killed them.

      In this case, the husband isn’t a serial killer, just a serial divorcer.

  7. Carrie-Anne says:

    I’m sure the sorcerer will assume the wrong thing about why she’s come to his bedroom!

  8. elainecsc201 says:

    Yikes. I hope she isn’t in trouble.

  9. Millie Burns says:

    Oh boy Caitlin, I’m looking forward to next week’s installment. This captured my interest!

  10. Love the nod to the original fairy tale. Some macabre tales from back then.

    He’s probably pretty happy that she showed up in his room so quickly. I foresee a tussle. 😉

    • The originals are always pretty dark–they w ere cautionary tales, after all. Ah, scaring children. Fun.

      He’s not actually clueless or really crude–he isn’t expecting a wedding night, really.

  11. chellecordero says:

    Oops, will he take it as an invitation or think of her as a temptress? Very interesting situation she’s gotten herself into.

  12. Evelyn Jules says:

    Dun, dun, dun! What ever will the sorcerer say/do now? I think we all have some thoughts on that. Nice cliffhanger! 😀

  13. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Oh no, What will he think about her being there? This should be good. 🙂

  14. Snooping can get you into trouble – or it can lead to exciting adventures – waiting to see which it is.

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