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By Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling

The 3rd installment in a favored sequence offers modern retellings of such fairy stories as ""Hansel and Gretel,"" ""Beauty and the Beast,"" and ""The Little fit Girl"" via such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Gahan Wilson, and Jane Yolen. 10,000 first printing.

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I needed to promote the suits, yet just a idiot could procedure wine-flushed males who had that onerous, hungry glance of their eyes. have been there any girls round the bonfires farther up the road or have been all of them huddled contained in the crumbling structures? I’d already handed the wine-seller and the bread cart. Neither had a lot left to promote. If I didn’t hurry, I wouldn’t get the provides, and if Da and William grew to become indignant simply because they didn’t get their wine, Moll may tie me to the wagon wheel and strap me back. in addition to, there has been a bowl of ham soup looking ahead to me. With the specter of the strap and the promise of a bowl of scorching soup spinning in my brain, I flitted previous extra bonfires ahead of pausing close to an alley half-hidden by way of rubbish. I pulled a fistful of fits from the drawstring handbag I’d tied to my belt. A hand grabbed my shoulder and spun me round. He was once a tremendous, raggedly dressed guy with a gloomy, greasy beard. His breath smelled of garlic and whiskey. the remainder of him simply stank. Greasy-beard grinned at me in a manner that loosened my guts. “You’re a section thin, tart. ” I took shallow breaths via my mouth. “I’m now not a tart, sir,” I acknowledged courteously, hoping politeness wouldn’t get me harm. “I’m a fit woman. ” Greasy-beard’s eyes glittered. “Well, fit woman, I’ve acquired a candle that should be lit. How a lot? ” My hand shook as I wiggled one fit out of my frozen fist. “A penny, sir. ” I held up the fit. He laughed. “A reasonable adequate rate. ” His palms dug into my shoulder as he shoved me to my knees and fumbled together with his outfits. I flailed wildly, hitting his thighs and attempting to holiday his grip simply because I knew what he used to be going to do and his hands harm the shoulder that used to be already bruised. He yelped in shock and permit cross, yet ahead of i may scramble away, he pulled me up by way of my hair and slapped me two times. “Hit me back and I’ll holiday your hands,” he tangled up. He yanked again on my hair, forcing my mouth open. I choked and gagged whereas he used me. whilst he entire, he driven my face opposed to his groin and grunted with excitement. “That’s the single method a lady should still use her mouth. ” eventually he driven me away and slapped me back while I became to spit. The blow despatched me flying into the pile of rubbish. I threw my arms out to guard my face, the suits scattering at the rainy cobblestones in entrance of me. I felt a tickling shiver as a damaged bottle sliced throughout the meaty a part of my left hand. A second later my physique recovered from the surprise, and the tickle grew to become a throb of ache. I sat there, numb, watching the blood pouring onto the cobblestones from the deep, jagged lower. giggling, Greasy-beard dropped a penny in my lap and again to the bonfire. I don’t know the way lengthy I sat there, whimpering and looking at the blood run, prior to I regained adequate experience to drag the rags off my boots and wrap them round my hand. My skirt was once soaked with slush and blood, and my legs ached from sitting at the rainy cobblestones. i wished heat and a spot to conceal. Light-headed, I giggled. i'll disguise within the alley, and that i had all these great little suits to maintain me hot.

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