"when do we eat?"

I asked.
"whenever I declare it," she said and she faced me more fully.

so I drew her upon me and found the catch of the buckle which covered the softness of her belly. there was more softness beneath and her hair was green.

upon the couch, I gave her her ballad. her lips replied without words.


she had always looked

he thought, exactly her age which was now twenty-one. he had been very proud of her for that. but tonight she didn't look it. the lines of her cheekbones showed clear as he had never seen them before and she smiled and her face was heartbreaking.