Thursday, October 21, 2010

Marital expectations...

Story note of the day: Why the woman's first marriage was a failure...

So it's like this: when the Shepherd married her, he thought he'd be getting a fairy wife just like in the stories. She was supposed to use her magic powers to make him rich. The first morning after the wedding, he snuck outside to count his sheep...and was disappointed to find the same number he had before. Gold, jewels, and jade were not served up along with his breakfast. He kept quiet at first, but then his parents began nagging him about it (that was how he convinced them to let him marry a demon, remember? He made all kinds of extravagant promises.) So first he drops some hints, then he just tells her outright...

Meanwhile, the spirits are laughing at them. She can see them but he can't. Well, she went into this marriage because she wanted to be human, didn't she? And human wives try to please their husbands, don't they? So silk is what she knows (from the years being bound at the silk factory), and silk is what she spins from her fingertips (literally?). (She also knows about being a demonic warrior, but she doesn't want to do that for profit.) It's something, but not as much as the Shepherd had hoped for...

Peace for awhile. It's only when they have a child that things really go hideously wrong.

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