her mind once more, branding her brain with two words.
Once again she trekked her way to the village, this time confident inher survival. As before the villagers did not take kindly to herreincarnation, they tossed her into the river without preamble. Shetried to stay afloat but her heavy skirts pulled her under quickly. Itwould have been futile to get to the surface, for within moments a manwas holding her down underwater. She vainly and instinctively foughtfor her life but the man was straddling her, his heavy body pressingher even deeper into the water. Vaguely, through the ever increasingdarkness she heard the muffled sound of his prayers as he strangledthe life from her.About three months later, the woman awoke from a deep sleep in theclearing. Autumn winds whipped around her as she groggily sat up.Confused and slightly cold, she looked around at the growing darkness;an unfamiliar weight on her belly. Glancing down she realised it was
belly. Feeling herself, she was convinced of her fear. She waspregnant, at least four months. Shock resonated through her,rendering her frozen on the cold ground, unable to move as she feltherself once again. Tears came to her eyes as she contemplated herfate, bearing a demon child. Surprisingly she had no urge to rid herself of the child. Indeed the more she thought of the life growing within herthe more she loved it. She stood awkwardly shaking the numbness outof her legs. The voice came again, louder this time making her stumble.
Somehow she knew this would be the last time. More slowly than lasttimes she went into the village, this time being unseen till she wasalmost to the church. Screams of outcry and fear were uttered from allthose who saw her; however no one approached her. The first to do sowas the town priest, still young; he came up to her and backhandedher across the face. Now that she was an outcast she realised thepower hungry soul that lurked inside the priest, which maybe hadsparked the urge to frighten the people into killing indiscriminately.“Bury her!” he cried “As deep as you can, so that her soul will becloser to hell where she belongs!” Within moments she was tied,gagged and dumped a little way out of the town, watching as four mendug her grave. They dug for hours it seems, but it was still too soonthat she was dumped from a height of at least six feet into the hole.She twisted in the air landing on her side. She curled up, trying toprotect her child. The diggers began to refill it with even faster