The Ladies of Horror
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Petal, Page, Piel
by Sonora Taylor
Petal, page, piel. Petal, page, piel. Hanna sang the words to herself as she glued the pages of her book together. This book would be her finest yet, one filled with her fondest memories of Seth.
Petal, page piel. Petal, page, piel. A vase of wilted roses sat near her materials. Each flower was a gift from Seth, each page a transcript of the loving words he’d said to her. A book of love notes that would hold his words forever, even though he stopped saying them to her long ago.
Hanna sighed a little as she capped her pen, then turned the page. The book crackled like creaking bones beneath skin. Hanna remembered how books of old were made from skin, both animal and human.
Skin. Such a blunt word, one that pierced the tongue like a shard. Hanna much preferred the Spanish word, piel. It sounded like peel. To peel away skin sounded so much nicer than to skin someone to the bone. She loved the way Seth’s skin had looked between her fingertips. She loved it now as she caressed the pages of his skin inside her book, sheets she’d filled with all his lovely words.
Hanna placed a rose from Seth between the crease and shut the book to flatten it. Seth’s gifts, words, and body would be forever hers. Petal, page, piel. Petal, page, piel.
Fiction © Copyright Sonora Taylor
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