Content warning for parental child abuse. Warning goes double for disabled people, and triple for autistic people (and cousins) in particular.
I entered into a bargain, whereupon I received these extra criteria:
Stipulation: POV character/narrator begins the entry with a significant physical or mental challenge (disability, restraint, disorder, injury, illness or disease, etc.).
Prompt: Involves a nursery rhyme or song.
Of course, this directly includes a version of "One for Sorrow" (which is usually about magpies rather than drops of blood), but the premise is also heavily inspired by "Old Lady and The Devil
", which as far as I can tell isn't even in the Roud Folk Song Index. For shame. (Also, uh, thank you Google.)
Remember, parents, filicide is bad.
Results have been announced
! "Mother" placed as a runner-up, but you should definitely also take a look at the other winners (and, indeed, the entry galleries).
Thank you so much to everyone who reads and comments, and especially to akrasiel
for the feature!
Also, you should read this