I am Elani. My name may not mean much to you. My other name will. That name will never pass my lips again as it is the name of a woman cursed.
My parents abandoned me when I was barely six years old.
By then I was already known by the other name, even in the Shadows of the city where my parents had left me to die. At times I wished I had done them this service.
I quickly learned to only come out at night. At first I begged for some bread and cried out in a soft, small voice for a little mercy. As I grew into a woman's body I learned there was good coin in laying on my back for sailors with whiskey in their breath.
Drunk sailors don't bother with light. All they care for is sweet relief. I give it to them and as they sleep I take their fat pouches and escape their stinking rooms.
I don't mind being a thief. Who else cares for a girl who casts the shadow of a man twice her size?
23 April 2013