Today's theme I found to be an interesting one, here is what I did with it.
Write about a witch’s curse:
Write about a witch’s curse:
The woods next to the village of St Aubrens were dark and oppressive. Somehow sadness and pain seem to radiate out from the branches and whether it was summer or winter, the leaves on the trees were always black.
The village itself was also a strange place. There was a section in the village with rows of cottages that no one wanted to pass. Misery seemed to hang in the air like an ever present cloud and the residents always looked like the weight of the world rested on their shoulders.
Whenever there was a celebration within the village, the festivities never reached those cottages. Decorations were never hung, the brightly coloured lanterns were never lit, the people never seemed to smile.
Newcomers to the village never stayed long. People were actively discouraged from buying in the area and the children who lived there moved away as soon as could. This was not a happy town. Because decades earlier, the village people had made a mistake, they had crossed a witch.
The villagers had always known about the witch who lived alone, or so they thought, in a tiny cottage in the woods. Uneasy at the thought of a witch in their midst, the unspoken rule was that they left her alone and in turn, she would stay away from the village.
After several years particularly bad harvests, the villagers started to mutter about the witch and about how she was bringing them bad luck. One night, fuelled after a night at the local tavern, those mutterings turned to anger, and the anger turned to fury. The men of the village tore through the woods with torches alight, intent of burning the witch out of her home and getting her well away from their village.
It was only when they had set fire to the witch’s cottage that the villagers heard screams of “My children! My children!” coming from behind them. The witch raced through the trees towards the cottage which was now fully ablaze. There was no way anyone, even the witch could have saved anyone inside.
The men had raced back to village, horrified at what had just occurred.
The next day, the witch had appeared in the village square, stricken with grief at the loss of her children. The smell of the fire was all around her and black smoke seemed to follow in her wake. She proclaimed that every man who had entered the woods that night would suffer, that he would never know happiness again without pain.
The witch was never seen again. Too afraid now to pursue her, the villagers never entered the woods again, and with good reason. All the men who had entered the woods that night soon felt the consequences of her curse.
Any feeling of happiness was followed by strong physical pain. The sensation was described as having your heart pulled from your chest. From a chuckle from a joke to a feeling of love or happiness caused hours of excruciating agony.
The men soon realised that in order to survive the curse, they had to cut all happiness from their lives. Their loved ones were sent away, they chose their food from the scraps left by others and they now eached lived alone, on the same street in the village.
No one in the village knew exactly how long the cursed men had actually lived. The years and decades passed and yet they still lived on. Some said that they would die when the witch did. When her pain had died, so to could theirs.
No one ever entered the St Aubrens Woods again.