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ritual instructions 


walk the road at night.

let the full moon guide you.

ignore the dogs howling.

stop at the yew tree planted at the crossroads.

make your sacrifice.

sweeten it with honey.




do not take either of the torches that greet you.

let your eyes adjust.

ignore the dogs barking.

stop at the grotto filled with moonlight.

make another sacrifice as she that drives off watches.

do not sweeten it.




choose between the key and the dagger in her outstretched hands.

consider what your choice says about you.

ignore the sudden silence.

stop in the entranceway for reasons you can’t articulate.

make your way home, changed.



Danielle Perry