horns 2

[Long description: Jesse reclines in an old wooden armchair, reading a dry text called “Involucres of the World.” Redmond cracks the door and peeks in.

Redmond: Hey, hon?

Jesse: Yes, dear?

Redmond averts her eyes.

Redmond: So quick question.

Is your plan for the long run to turn me into a foul temptress for hell

because that would be very sexy, but highly inconvenient to my precarious emotional and spiritual state right now.

Jesse is taken aback.

Jesse: ... No?

She gets up and sets her hands in Redmond's.

Jesse: Do we need a confessional or ]

July 12, 2019

Continued from here.

In entirely unrelated news: whenever I write Redmond I can't help but think of this article about werewolves as metaphors for domestic abusers in medieval literature, and how it unpacks the story Bisclavret. Here are some poignant excerpts:

“That Bisclavret is not an abusive husband is not the point. The wife has heard the stories. She knows abusive relationships. And she is convinced that she is in one—or about to be. These circumstances are what fuel her actions.

So, we are left with a very difficult question: what is ethical for a victim of domestic violence to do in order to escape their abuser?”

“Telling him about her husband and promising her love in return, she convinces him to steal Bisclavret’s clothes, preventing his return to human form. There is no question: this is an act of betrayal. Bisclavret does not deserve this. But, it is what she clearly felt she needed to do to prevent the abuse she saw in the future. If her fears had proven true, would we blame her? “