Skin Soul Pinned
16th – Jan 26th
life until she had an untimely encounter with an entity in her back yard. From
then on, she was no longer the same child, but even so, her parents were
determined to maintain some sense of normalcy in her life. Although, they soon
realized that, that notion did not apply.
prey, pursued by practitioners of the dark arts, and they do not intend to let
her slip away this time. However, a conflicting power emerges and shares
secrets that may save Marie from the grasp of evil. Regardless of the dangers
they face, Marie’s allies are willing to protect her; it becomes clear that
Marie is in for the fight of her life, and there is no telling if she will come
out of this ordeal alive.
be no butterflies.” – Author Unknown
bayou, gazing intently at the surface, red tresses flowing just above the
river. Her likeness, mingling with nature’s replication of the sombre stance of
weeping willows, Cypress trees, and Swamp Oak draped in moss around the water’s
edge. Like most children of her age, she pondered, if another world lied
beneath her reflection. Straightening her back, she looked out at the other
side choked with foliage, picked up a pebble, and tossed it into the liquid,
forming concentric ripples that cascaded to the edge of the banks. She put her
hand behind her ear, extending it outward. Her mother has once said, ‘if you
listen close enough, you’ll hear the bayou call your name,’ but even when she actively listened,
all that she heard was insects and birdcalls.
about sailing the bayou, exploring the waterways like a carefree pirate sailing
the open seas. The allure of marshlands wouldn’t appeal to most, and could only
be appreciated or understood by those who truly depended on the otherwise drab
outlets for sustenance. Undoubtedly,
the closest she’d come to exploring, arguably the next best thing—was going
fishing. On his days off, her father took her out on his boat, sunlight bathing
his tapered, black hair, he’d talk about anything that came to mind and she
listened intently, adding an obligatory, ‘Uh huh,’ to fill the occasional
him. He reeled it in, and as it made its debut above water, she clapped
fanatically as the fish danced on the hook. A long stretch passed before the
next one bit. By then, they broiled with excitement as he reeled in the line.
Like most anglers, he lost a few, but it was during those opportune moments he
shared a life lesson … “In life, we are all fishes on a hook, some survive, and
some thrive, but most of us are destined to be meat.”
much thought. Five minutes after he’d lost a big one, he reeled another in to
more applause, and by then, they had more than they needed. After a few goes
paddling, he let the boat laze, coasting toward the banks and moored it.
hand. Dan gave them to Angelique as she sat in a chair out on the back lawn,
and she went to work, hands moving swiftly as she vigorously scaled the fish in
a large aluminum basin. Like clockwork, once she observed the beginnings of
her mother’s fish cleaning ritual, she jogged off to the other end of the yard,
and looked on from afar; eyes filled with woe as scales flew, clinging to her
mother’s hair and clothing. In a shorter time than it took them to catch their
haul, Angelique stood and flexed her back, sending her long, wavy brown hair
into a short-lived sway. She walked away from the bloody basin with a bowl of
prepped fish in hand, trudged up the broad back steps leading up to the porch,
and entered the back door. In a relatively short space of time, the fish were
bubbling in hot oil, ejecting droplets from the frying pan, wafting an aroma
outside, which is where her father relaxed in a wicker chair, waiting for his
share of the spoils.
outside wall shadowed her face as she lay on the reclined patio chair. Her
earthy, hazel eyes glancing up at the clouds congregating below cruising
altitude and soon, her lashes lowered, meeting as they closed, bringing her one
step closer to sleep. Near her, Marie sat on the railing, looking over and down
at the elongated neck of Louisiana Iris’s red petals drooping, near vascular
ferns, and the white gardenias lining the edge below the raised patio. From
there, a stretch of manicured lawn flowed down to the bayou’s edge, where wild
shrubs took over and large trees plumed, shadowing the river.
looked over her shoulder at her mother, fast asleep in the chair. She eased
down from the railing, tiptoed off the porch, and hurried down to the bayou.
She unlatched the rope tying the rowboat to a wooden post, climbed in, and
gently pushed the boat away from the shore with the oar, finally embarking on
the journey she’d long envisioned. Her bluish-green eyes took in the scenery
until one of the oars slipped from her hand. She desperately reached for it,
but her efforts were in vain as it drifted further and further away with each
attempt. In a split second, her daring adventure turned into a stony cacophony
of writhing fear.
shouts escalated into retched cries, echoing throughout the backyard. Angelique
sprung up, “Marie?” Hearing nothing but cries, she stood up, looked around the
back yard, and walked, half-heartedly, down to the bayou. Eyes widening as she
saw her daughter drifting boat in their boat to the other side. “Marie!” She
yelled, gasping as if she were borrowing breaths.
the meantime, another unnerving request came from offshore. “Mommy, help!”
An hour hadn’t passed, but
Marie felt as though she had been out there forever. Her heart—do-si-do-ed as
she set eyes on Marie drifting in the bayou. She peeled off her shoes and dove
straight into the murky water