“A Lie You Give, and Thus I Take” is now available to read online in Lightspeed. You can also listen to a podcast of the story as well, narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir, and her reading is flat-out amazing.
Don’t be fooled by the breadcrumbs in the forest. This is not a fairy tale.
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The first lie is pretty and spirals from your mouth like candyfloss; sweet, so sweet, and I’m melting under your tongue. Baby, baby, baby, you say, and I gobble it up, unaware that every word you say comes with a candy thermometer and you’ve made me your latest caramel bonbon.
(We’ll get to that later.)
It isn’t your fault I’m starving. It is your fault your recipe is gourmet bullshit and you want to know what I look like with the apron strings tied around my neck and how best you can fit me into your oven.