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For who can escape what he desires?

Listening to the old victrola the other day, and heard, after many years, a song by Genesis (yes, I’m that old) and it struck me it would make a very nice steampunk retell. Not really my cup of tea, but I wonder if some of you can think of an appropriate setup for this:

The man steps out in the moonlight

At the sound of a scream from below.


He thinks he is a warrior


So he picks up his sword and goes.


From the mouth of the monster


He rescues the maiden fair.


But we know she’s a demon


Come to lure him to demon’s lair.


Through restless foliage and tall trees he leads


To a house in a clearing, a place in her fear she calls home.


“Come with me, I need you,


I fear the dark and I live all alone.


I’ll give you wine and food too


And something special after if you like.”


And though his body bids him


To enter in with her,


There was something in her manner


That his mind could not ignore.


Also it is whispered


In the kingdom far and wide,


To beware a little cottage


In the forest in a glade.


For who knows what magic takes place in his world?


So he just thanks her kindly preparing to go on his way.


“Come with me, I need you,


I fear the dark and I live all alone.


I’ll give you wine and food too


And something special after if you like.


Come to my garden,


Taste the fruits and the spices of love.


You can’t resist me,


I’m the kind that your dreams tell you of.”


“So glad you could make it


We had everything arranged.


So glad you saw fit to pay a call.”


Some men never listen,


And others never learn,


But why this man did as he did


Only he will ever know.


He knew he was walking


Into a waiting trap,


Neatly set up for him


With a bait so richly wrapped.


So he went inside there to take on what he found


But he never escaped them, for who can escape what he desires?

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