Word of the Day:
verb (used with object).
- to grant absolution to (a penitent).
- to impose penance on (a sinner).
- to hear the confession of (a person).
verb (used without object). Archaic.
4. to hear confessions.
5. to go to or make confession; confess one’s sins, as to a priest.
Okay. Last day; let’s make it count:
It was unusual for a Morrígan to enter a church. Perhaps it was that even we found a certain detestable irony in it: a “death witch” in the House of God, where Men went to polish their tarnished souls.
I had Shifted to make myself less frightening before the Lord: my skin tinged pink with an approximation of a human girl’s lifeblood, an empty space at my back where my wings should have been. There was nothing I could do about the grey-black rags that hung dismally off my too-sharp shoulder blades or the hollow, weary look in my eyes. The light from the stained glass danced over me, but I knew I wouldn’t cast a shadow. I never did.
By the way the priest stiffened when he saw me, I could tell he saw through my disguise.
I shut my eyes, hoping he would still deign to shrive me.
“Demons shouldn’t be able to cross the threshold,” said the priest, absently stroking a heavy iron crucifix.
I winced. “They can’t,” I said, hoping he would understand.
“Then what are you?” he asked.
Electricity danced down my spine, and I Shifted, showing the man my True form. “I don’t know,” I said. “But whatever I am, it is what God made me.”
“Why are you here?” he asked.
He relaxed. “What do you need forgiveness for?” he asked.
My wings spread. “Murder,” I said.
And back to my regularly scheduled unpredictability.