***(out of four stars)
This is another insanely short story by Vivian Vande Velde. This one is a bit shorter than Come in and Cast a Spell. Somebody, probably a woman during the witch trials is narrating the story. The narrator is constantly thanking the unnamed character for saving her from the townsfolk. They get a bit hysterical during All Hallows' Eve. They want her dead. But this nice man is hiding her from the mob. Unfortunately, he won't let her go. There's a coffin in the basement, where the narrator is and she's now begging him to let her go. Maybe the coffin will be for her.
That's all to this story. It's short, sweet and too the point. I actually really liked this story. I liked that fact that this women is saved only to possibly meet an untimely fate. Vande Velde does a really good job with this short. It goes to show that although it's very short, there's still good story telling within the one and a half pages. The irony is creepy, but the story is equally compelling. Obviously a fast, fun read.
Author: Vivian Vande Velde
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company