Bam (IIa/III)

“I ran away from Billy,” Melanie says.

She is holding her feet. She is sitting on the empty bed across from Liril’s. It is 1985.

“I don’t want to be afraid of him,” she says.

“You should find a really old ghost,” Liril says. “And tie it to your soul. Then, if he tries to hit you, bam! It can stick its claws through Billy’s eyes.”

“Like that’ll happen,” Melanie says.

Liril shrugs.

“Stuff happens,” she says.


“If you go to Jericho,” Liril says, “and you rip a string from a grangler’s cord, and tie it to your hair, then you’ll have a grangler. Then it goes like I said.”

And Melanie says, “Oh.”

Liril grins at Melanie. Later they braid one another’s hair.

“You won’t have to run,” she says.

3 thoughts on “Bam (IIa/III)

  1. I really like Melanie as a character. Her past keeps getting more compelling and sympathetic, her present still seems really threatening, but she’s started to seem redeemable enough for a future incorporation into the tower’s cast to be plausible.

  2. I think she’s seeming understandable, but the character we see in “The Fable of the Lamb” deliberately rejects redemption. Anyway, she’s on course to be eaten by a King of an Unforgivable Dominion….

  3. Rejecting redemption doesn’t make you ineligible for it. Seeing her as a tragic hero (a deeply flawed one) is interesting to me in ways I haven’t gotten from other monsters’ characterizations.

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