María, a Bird

This essay will appear in the forthcoming issue of Witches Mag: Time, to be published this summer.

Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash

“I want to die young,” she says, her words quick and dancing like the Spanish she speaks. Her dark eyes glitter mischievously even through my laptop screen.

“How young?” I’m meant to be helping her with English grammar but taking a sharp turn from the…