Koschei visits Raneth in her dream to seal their pact, the night after the village is basically razed by fire. Raneth has only a very vague recollection of their meeting, and writes a poem about it.
(I feel a bit weird posting a poem, especially since this style doesn't make sense in the fantasy setting, or for Raneth's personality, but I wanted to capture the creepy feeling and her ambiguous memories, and I'm used to writing free verse, so here we go)
A Visit in the Dark
I sleep at night, with the sounds of breath,
all around me,
and yet, I am alone.
Then, our shelter is torn away, and there is no one around, and
between myself and the night.
It dazzles me, how huge and bright with stars the space is,
and I wrap my arms around my bare shoulders.
I hear something, calling to me.
It is the sound of worms making their way through damp earth,
of the body's last sigh.
I can't understand what this voice is saying.
I don't know what it wants.
But it wants something from me. And I am powerless to resist.
So I make a promise I can't remember. But it's burned on my heart.
when i wake, i see the sun
it hits my skin, and i shiver
whatever i was before,
goodbye to her