The bodies of dead women lay all around me.
Looking at my hands, I contemplated the power I had used to disperse the Shadows. Though I was able to save myself from them, I had not stopped Maddalena from leaving the scene, and worse - I could not stop her from killing those women for whatever awful purpose the Malefici had in mind.
I needed to go but I could not leave these women - their bodies at angles the human body wasn’t supposed to be in. In one last gesture of respect, I laid them in a row and placed their hands across their midsections. Those whose eyes were still open, I closed. It looked like they were all sleep in a dreamless world beneath the shadow cast by the buildings all around....