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The statue smiles at him when he feeds it. Its wooden eyes are cold, and ancient, and look on him with love.

He feeds his meals into the carven lips. Day by day he grows thinner; day by day the statue grows fatter. He hears it whispering to him in his sleep: Feed me, worship me, follow me. Give yourself to me. I’ll bring you to a place beyond the dark, and love you when you dare not hope for love.

They find him dead at its feet, head bowed in supplication, lips stretched back in a grimace of fear.
Written for Flash Fiction Month 2018, day 27. Today's theme: the Otherworldly. This year I'm also fulfilling a challenge by an anonymous contributor - every character must be queer (I'd argue it actually is important in this one, even though it's not at all explicit) - as well as one by Teague-Drydan: At least half of the month needs to be fairy tale re-writes. Bonus if they aren't well known fairy tales. Fairy tale count: 14/16.

This is a retelling of "The Heavenly Wedding", which I think is supposed to be all religious and positive or whatever, but actually comes across as creepy and horrific. Fun times!

The rest of today's stories can be found here.

Wordcount: 100.

If you've enjoyed this story, you may be interested in the collection of all my FFM stories this year: Beyond Dreams. You may also enjoy my FFM collections from the previous four years: Borrowed Strength, Ephemeron, Palalgia, and Changeling.
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squanpie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just read the original, and I can't not feel the creepy now. :fear:
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018   Writer
I know, right? It was creepy before I even got to it!
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squanpie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"honest, officer - it's nothing to do with me, I just found it like that... :giggle:
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018   Writer
:lol:
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
I got chills. Excellent stuff here. 
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018   Writer
Thank you! :w00t:
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ilyilaice Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Love that ending. This is nicely creepy.

I know practically no writer likes to have their works compared to other writers' works, but even so, I thought I just might mention on the off-chance that you won't be offended that this somehow reminds me of (a much darker) "The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde. Which is one of my favorite fairy tales ever. :heart:
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018   Writer
I've been meaning to read that for quite a long while! I have a collection of his on my e-reader (The Happy Prince And Other Tales) but haven't actually gotten around to reading it yet. I'm going to have to shift up its priority.
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ilyilaice Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Haven't read the other stories in that collection though. Just the one. I don't think Oscar Wilde is for everybody, but his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my all-time favorites. And The Happy Prince is the kind of story that just stuck with me forever after reading it twice, tops.
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018   Writer
Looking forwards to it. :D
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Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Student Writer
I like your version better.
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018   Writer
That's the best response I could hope for. :D
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Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
That is one creepy fairytale all right! Your version is deceptively simple - short but full of ideas. It's the kind of thing a load of different groups might interpret to match their own beliefs. :P
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018   Writer
I can read several different interpretations into it myself. :lol: It really came together nicely.
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Amarantheans Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I defiantly see your translation of the story. I do not understand religious stories built to make us welcome death.
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018   Writer
Yeah. There are a lot of them out there.
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Amarantheans Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
True
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