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from Aradia's Diaspora by Susan Woerner

Copyright © 2018–2020 Susan Woerner

Scene 70

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....

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