The Portrait of Lilith by Cheri Vause

A little taste of what's to come: The Portrait of Lilith “Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death.” ~ John Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale” “A still small voice spake unto me, 'Thou art so full of misery, Were it not better not to be?' Then to the still small voice I said: 'Let me not cast in endless shade What is so wonderfully made.' To which the voice did urge reply: 'Today I saw the dragon-fly Come from the wells where he did lie.'” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The Two Voices” CHAPTER 1 Sailors named the waters off the coast of Cornwall by the village of Saint Ives, Hell's Mouth. They say it's because of the way the sea sprays and churns in a deadly twist, sending everyone who sails near that spot to a watery death. But the villagers say the name has nothing to do with the treacherous bay, or the ships that sank with all hands down. They claim the Devil plays on the cliff above with his spirits, that the land belongs to him, and if anyone trespasses near those odd stacked rocks high above the sea, or stands by that tor, he throws the unsuspecting soul directly into the mouth of Hell. Scoffers and skeptics have consigned the names of the lost taken by the Beast to legend, to oblivion, the number unremembered of those who fell to their death off that prominence. But the stones recall each one, holding fast the count, even though too many have forgotten what they should not. And the ghosts of those souls haunt the cliffs, night and day. Some say you can see them on a dark day, standing on the cliff, and they cry out your name to pay heed, to remember that the Devil fills his list with an eager malice.

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