There were flowers in her hair and ice in her veins. The frailty and delicacy, her pretty pink lips and rosy cheeks, all a façade. Her ribs, a steel cage, bound tightly her wild heart that seeped darkness, the blood that would pour from her fingertips pricked by thorns, reeked of cloying sweetness. The apple of her mother’s eyes, always ripe for the picking, high hanging fruit filled with temptation. Her beauty was her curse, her naivety her downfall. With thunderous hooves and the splitting...
In Finnish folklore, Ajatar (also known as Ajattara or Ajattaro) is an evil female spirit of the forest, “the devil of the woods”. She has many forms and depending on the description, she’s said to be a witch, a ghost, a snake or a dragon. Ajatar spreads diseases and plague and anyone who looks at her becomes sick. It was believed that Ajatar was the reason why people got lost in the woods and her name is probably derived from the Finnish word ajattaa; ‘to lead’, ‘to pursue’.