In the very earliest time,
when both people and animals lived on earth,
a person could become an animal if he wanted to
and an animal could become a human being.
Sometimes they were people
and sometimes animals
and there was no difference.
All spoke the same language.
That was the time when words were like magic.
The human mind had mysterious powers.
A word spoken by chance
might have strange consequences.
It would suddenly come alive
and what people wanted to happen could happen–
all you had to do was say it.
Nobody could explain this:
That’s the way it is.
Magic Nails, bronze Four nails containing signs and inscriptions for defixiones and used at shrines or driven into house doors for protection (the largest contains an incantation to a goddess). London: British Museum. Credits: Ann Raia, 2006.
Original prompt repeatinglitanies: He says thank you after sex. Belle thinks he’s thanking her simply for casual sex. But Mr. Gold is actually thanking her for taking pity on him and allowing him to be with her if only for just a short time. I put a little Dark Castle spin on it ;)
WARNING: Contains Dark Castle Smut. You have been warned.
This design for an amulet comes from the Black Pullet grimoire. Embroider it upon black satin, and say “Nades, Suradis, Maniner”, and a djinn is supposed to appear; tell the djinn “Sader, Prostas, Solaster”, and the djinn will bring you your true love. Say “Mammes, Laher” when you tire of her.