The beast protects us, but he demands tribute.
I was not asked. I was chosen. Every year, the creature who keeps our community safe requires a virgin as tribute, and every year, she is thoroughly ravaged and then returned ruined for any other man. No one will tell me exactly what is in store for me; I only know he’s not going to be gentle.
But the elders underestimated me, and when they left me in the sacred clearing, I took the chance to escape. Now, the beast hunts me, and if he finds me, I can only wonder what he’ll do to me…