Railed by the Krampus by Dalia Davies EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Author: Dalia Davies
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I watch John for a moment as the children pass him. He’s a big man,
and I trust that he’s placed well enough in front of the blazing fire that none
of them will end up bruised or burned.
Still… I have a hand on the lamp in the centre of the table—sparing a
glance at the sloshing oil inside on their next lap.
My little sisters crash into each other and spoons go flying as those
screams turn to giggles.
Two, far older, laughs join them, but I can only smile down at the pile of
children struggling to untangle themselves.
“Do you ever remember being that carefree?” My best friend asks.
Susan holds out her hands and her son—the eldest of the group—hurries
over to her. He delivers the spoons into her keeping and rejoins his sister
“I do not.”
I try to force a smile, attempting to soften the harshness in those words
that is never meant for her.
But the wince she wears tells me I’ve failed again.
Susan knows… everything.
She’s the only one who does.
She’s the only one I know won’t think differently of me for what
The only one I know won’t think differently of the girls.
It wasn’t any of our fault, but the world always needs someone to
blame. And the living bear the brunt despite their innocence.
Meg and May were a happy accident—or so I thought—five years ago.
My parents thanked the gods every day of the pregnancy.
Twins for a couple that had only been blessed once more than two
How wrong I was…
The darkness that came after their birth finally ate my mother from the
inside out, the week before their second birthday
They don’t even remember her.
Blame is such a sticky, tricky thing. It tries to latch onto her. But I don’t
Hers was a disease I’ll never truly understand.
My father though….
Grief makes people do strange things. But cowardice is what got us
where we are today.
Looking at the lamp flame and forcing myself to blink, I shove those
dark memories away.
They sting and bite at the back of my mind… like a simmering pot.
It boils over too easily when left unattended.
“Do you want to come back tomorrow?” Susan asks, looking at the
girls, not me.
She’s always been better at pretending nothing’s wrong for the twins
than I have.
“I don’t want to leave Nan alone two days in a row.” The woman I’d
once thought was a witch had taught me her trade and when I’d needed help
the most, she’d come to me as though I was the one doing her the favour.
Susan knows the old woman’s knees can’t make the trek between our
farms, especially in the snow.
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