She prowls her home, always on guard
Forever weary of intruders, of invaders, of men coming inside.
Remembering the one she had foolishly let in
So long ago now, but far too soon to forget. Always too soon to forget
She remembers the roughness of his hands
Like sharp scales ripping at her skin, tearing grooves into her flesh
She can feel the storm in his eyes, a deep coastal chill
Seeping into her, like great waves washing over her
She can feel his pearled teeth on her neck,
Ignoring her blood, or reveling in it perhaps, she’ll never know for sure
The feeling of his sweat pouring over her,
Like an ocean mist washing over her skin. Leaving his musky scent behind
The smell of salt still makes her sick,
She knows it always will now. The barest hint of salt breeze turns her gut.
After his leaving, she cried.
Her own salt pooling on marble tile, her own ocean of despair, what irony in this?
She clung to his niece, collapsed at her knees.
Her wails make the temple shake, her tears stain the gossamer gown she wears,
Gentle gray wraps around her, the hoot of owls overhead
“Never more” she promises her, “Never again will he come. I will make you safe.”
Golden strands turn slick and warm, living, hissing, alive
They kiss her cheeks with their soft noses and gentle tongues, wiping her tears
Soft porcelain with silk skin blooms into solid marble lining steel bones
His marks are carved away until only the memory of him exists, it’s enough to shield her now
Her tears dry as her pupils tighten and shine a new
Eyes of the gentlest green burn and sizzle into the most deadly of yellow.
She is reborn, her body is remade, reformed.
She is ready to reclaim what he has taken. Like a wave washing shells from a beach.
A woe to any man who stands in her way.