1.09.2013

An unfortunate traveler


The story goes that the eldest sister fell in love with a traveler. 
He whispered sweet words in her ear, gave her expensive gifts and promised to marry her, but after several weeks he grew bored with the town and decided to move on.
The girl was devastated at the change of heart and on the morning of his departure, before dawn, she hung herself at the town gates with a ribbon of black silk that was given to her by the traveler.
She was found by her younger sister, who had come to look for her.
Enraged, she swore to avenge her sibling.
When the traveler went off on his journey, she set out in pursuit, carrying the ribbon of silk with her.
He became very afraid as he saw the young girl, whose face had contorted with fury.
He urged his horse to go quicker and rode three whole days and three whole nights until he lost the girl.

Eventually he came to a small town, where he decided to catch some rest at the local inn.
In the evening, he told his story to the innkeeper's daughter, who had been tending to his needs.
Having taken a liking to her, he invited her to his room and took her in his arms.
As she stroked his face he commented that it was too dark for him to admire her pretty face and so he lit the candles.
As he turned to look into the mirror he discovered to his horror that he had no reflection.
Flying into a panic he ran over to the girl, who seemed remarkably calm.
Stumbling over his words, he looked on as she slowly stroked her own face, wiping off all of her lovely features until a face wrung with anger was left.
As the traveler realized who was standing in front of him, the younger sibling wiped her face again until there was nothing left.
She took out the black silk ribbon, with which her sister took her life, and tied it around the traveler's neck, tighter and tighter, until his eyes bulged and he breathed no more.
From the shadows came forth her also faceless sister, who blew out the candles until darkness was all that was left.

It is said that she wiped off the traveler's face and the three of them departed to the realm of shadows, where the unfortunate man is now a servant of the two princesses.

4 comments:

Dr. Theda said...

Nice Short Story...

Laury Coenen said...

Thank you :)

Gabriel said...

I loved this story, creepy as hell. And the way you drew the faces (faceless) and the silk ribbon connecting the 3 characters gave it all a nice chilling effect. Really amazing post, Laury.

Laury Coenen said...

I don't know why, but I've always really preferred drawing women without faces.
I guess that's why Echo's are rather plain.

Maybe it has something to do with the nurses from Silent Hill, they're one of my favourite monsters of all time (along with Pyramid Head, of course)