Written on February 22, 2010
An adult fairy tale by Josh Tierney with four illustrations by Sarah Ferrick
‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘I’ve never seen her before.’
She was now standing beside him with her arms wrapped around his body and he knew that she was squeezing as hard as she could even though he could not feel it. ‘She looks like she’s sleeping,’ she said, her innocent blue eyes drinking in every detail of the mysterious girl in front of them.
‘No,’ the man said, shaking his head. ‘She’s had her heart stolen. Look, I’ll show you.’
He then took out a pair of scissors and cut a section of the girl’s dress. He pulled down the flap to reveal a heart-shaped hole near her left breast.
The cavity was completely empty; inside was darkness blacker than even the deepest depths of the forest.
‘Golly, Ace, who would do such an awful thing?’ the girl asked, her eyes wide with fright. He pulled the flap back up.