Blood in the ThreadBlood in the Thread by Cheri Kamei
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There is no question, then: The man takes the injured crane into his home and tends to it with great patience and care. The crane seems to understand his intent, and so allows the touch of his rough hands, the stink of wood smoke and musk that stings. She bears it as best she can. Eventually, she recovers.

There is no question, then: The man must release her. He has no use for a crane, no matter how beautiful. He takes her out of the woods. The sky stretches out. The crane flies far.

But that is not where this tale ends.

most people will read this story about a woman delivered from domestic abuse as beautiful and triumphant, but i’m the lady on the fringes going “wellllll….”

this part got my goat:

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i am one staunch bitch. still, the crane wife fragments were terribly lovely, and proof that i don’t lack empathy, i just can’t hand it out like halloween candy to people courting their own destruction.

three-and-a-half, rounded up, because it’s beautifully told, but this led horse ain’t drinking that water.**

read it for yourself here:…

* figuratively


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