The Urban Sherpa - a blog by Christopher DeWan

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Demon lover

My friends tell me I should get rid of my demon lover. The scars and blisters she leaves on me are unsightly. Her brazier is sure to burn my house to the ground. "She won't even tell you her real name!"

They don't understand anything.

I don't mind the bite marks or the scalding iron. I don't mind her sharp teeth or dirty claws. I don't mind when she curses my family in Aramaic.

It's endearing.

My demon lover understands me like no other. "Forever is how long I will understand you." When I wander alone forty days in the desert, she speaks to me—she and she alone—and everything she tells me is true.

"I understand you," she says, her head fitting perfectly on my shoulder. "We're both fallen angels."