Into the Woods Esther Harshom

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Published: April 25th 2014

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Into the Woods  by  Esther Harshom

Into the Woods by Esther Harshom
April 25th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: | 6.59 Mb

EXTRACT:‘What about you?’ he asked at last, once he had tired of watching her work. ‘Do you see me as your curse?’Did she? She had heard stories about his cruelty and about the cruelty of that which lurked within him, but now, seeing him in person...MoreEXTRACT:‘What about you?’ he asked at last, once he had tired of watching her work. ‘Do you see me as your curse?’Did she? She had heard stories about his cruelty and about the cruelty of that which lurked within him, but now, seeing him in person...The space she had carved out in her heart for fear was filled to the brim with pity.No, perhaps not quite to the brim.

There was more to it than that: pity was what you felt towards a stray dog, but that wasn’t the case with him. It wasn’t fear either, or hatred for the things he had done. It was...Longing, she supposed. That was it. It was a new feeling for her, and yet one as old as time itself. She had thought she had felt it before, watching the village boys as they swam naked in the stream, or tended the fields they might one day inherit, but that was different- they were barely of age themselves. His body didn’t have the same pristine quality that theirs did.

His hands were rough, and the occasional scratch marked his back. His was a body that had been lived in – that had known pain and joy, awe and strife.He was a man. More than a man, in fact.‘No,’ she said softly. ‘No, I don’t.’‘Then what do you think of me?’‘I...’ She paused, letting the words she had planned vanish in the darkness like the sparks from the fireplace.

‘I don’t know.’He nodded softly, as though he understood, but he didn’t – he couldn’t. She was sure of that. Beast or not, deep down he was a man. How could a man hope to understand a woman’s needs – the ache that lurked within her, the emptiness that needed to be filled?The idea that crossed her mind was unthinkable, and yet impossible to shake. Could she...?



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