"She lifted the knife high into the air, and then plunged it, deep into her sister's chest. A sick smile came across her face. The twin still standing smiled, beatific. The most perfect, the most beautiful one. And they had no choice but to send her away to a home for the criminally insane. And that's where she remained. Until yesterday."
And that's the story they told, but this is how I heard it:
"A girl was so full, of light and dark, that she gathered a circle around her. Witches and princesses, ladies and queens. She told them the truth and she told them lies. She wanted them to be honest, and she wanted them to lie. She was terrified of being alone, but alone was all she was. She left a mark on them, like a scar or a bruise; she made them strong, and she made them weak."
And this is the story she told.JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, Pretty Little Liars and True Blood for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. IRL work appears in BenBella's SmartPop series of anthologies, most recently A Friday Night Lights Companion and Fringe Science.