The Axe felt good in her hand. That was the first trap. But there was something about the weight that felt satisfying, a potential gravity when she held it. It wanted to be swung. It wanted to chop.
She knew that the axe was cursed. That it would change her as she swung it, it would infect her with a darkness. Wielding it would be a devil’s bargain, but her family was cold and hungry. She would gladly pay that price for them.
She was the greatest lumberjack that ever lived, but few ever knew the torment in her soul.

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