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Hiroshige Utagawa (歌川 広重); Lantern Plants as Mitate-e of Children at Play (Ukiyo-e print detail), 1842.

Midnight Spell by Adrienne Rozzi // POISON APPLE PRINTSHOP
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      With an apple red as blood, a woodland witch works a spell under a star studded midnight sky. A mighty sorceress, she is powerful and cunning willing the fortunes of the universe in her favor. She wears a diadem woven from wild mint and a coal-black cloak draped with the furs of her animal familiars that have long since passed. Beneath her minty crown silver hair falls like water and glistens in the light of the full moon. The enchantress grasps a ruby red apple and silver athame as she casts a spell to bring her love, beauty, wisdom, and immortality. Harnessing all of her powers, she raises the dagger high in the air and with one swift movement stabs the apple. The fruit is now imbued with all the fortunes she wishes to attract. Bathed in starlight the sorceress devours the magical apple and all that she desired is set in motion. Her eyes shine with the flicker of fire, creation, and immeasurable power as she cackles in the dead of night.
      Mint is a common herb used in spell work to bring the spell caster fortune, purification, prosperity, healing, travel, strength, and psychic awareness. When placed inside a witch’s circle it will attract benevolent spirits and promote good energy.
      Apples are perhaps the most magical of all fruits. Often used in spell work and placed on altars, the fruit is associated with love, fertility, immortality, healing, the soul, and wisdom. The Apple is related to goddesses such as Venus, Pomona, and Freya, among others. It is sometimes used as a direct symbol of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and fertility, because the fruit also functions as a symbol for heart. Pomona is a Roman goddess and wood nymph who tends to the cultivation of fruit trees and orchards in early spring. Fruiting apples trees and a pruning knife are two of the symbols associated with her. Freya is the goddess of love, sexuality, beauty, war, and death in Norse mythology. It is said that she would shake apple trees to invoke a good harvest and in return the towns folk would leave apples in the trees as offerings to the generous goddess. When an apple is cut in half the correct way a star can be seen made up from it’s seeds. Sliced in this particular way, the fruit is often placed on magical altars as it embodies the aforementioned goddesses and displays the five-pointed star alluding to the union of the four elements with the soul.

You smell good,“ he observed.
"It’s called a shower…,” I began automatically, then trailed off. My memory snagged, taken aback by a compelling and forceful sense of undue familiarity. “Soap, shampoo, hot water,” I added, almost as an afterthought.
“Naked. I know the drill,” Jev said.
—  Silence

Fix Up (Patch Up #2) - Stephanie Witter

Decir “te amo” no borra las viejas cicatrices y miedos.

Te amo hasta la locura. Ni siquiera estoy seguro de que eso sea bueno” - Duke.

Skye está tratando de superar lo que sucedió con Sean. Ahora que está sanando lentamente, tanto física como mentalmente, está decidida a hacer algo que debería haber hecho antes. Se reúne dos veces por semana con un nuevo terapeuta muy joven, el Dr. Marshall. Allí, ella puede hablar libremente, relajarse, y cuestionar las cosas. La mayor parte de las sesiones habla de ella y sus impedimentos, además de su relación con Duke, que todavía es inestable.

Quiero probar su sudor. Quiero escuchar sus gemidos. Quiero sentirlo dentro de mí” - Skye

Pero mientras que Skye está lentamente recuperándose, Duke siente que se está ahogando. Teme que esté presionándola demasiado, de iniciar la intimidad, y eso es un peso entre ellos. Además, saber que no es él con quien ella está hablando, le hace sentir cosas que nunca pensó posible.

Es cuestión de cuando voy a dejar de luchar” - Duke

A medida que pasan los días, Duke demuestra una y otra vez lo vulnerable que realmente es y como Skye tiene más poder sobre él de lo que ella nunca imaginó. Cuando Skye ve como se están lastimando mutuamente, decide hacer todo lo posible a su poder para hacer bien las cosas, sin importar lo que cueste. Pero una cosa aún es segura: puede contar con Duke cuando sea que lo necesite, incluso cuando pelean. Cuando Duke ama, ama con todo lo que está hecho, lo bueno y lo malo.

Amarla es complicado, me hace temer de mí y de lo que puedo hacer… porque nos puedo romper” - Duke

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