by Mike Carey
Katy was cursed.
When she was little, her grandmother had told her that she was going to be ‘breathtaking’. At the time she didn’t know what that meant, but by the time she was sixteen, her grandmother’s prediction had come true. Extremely so.
Every man she crossed paths with found her to be, as her grandmother said, ‘breathtaking’.
Katy didn’t like it. She didn’t try to be that way. It was natural and there was nothing she could do about it.
She tried to stay inside as much as possible and not draw attention to herself, but she had to go outside sometimes. Even on her worst days, men everywhere found her breathtaking.
Katy never stayed in one place very long. She was adept at making herself disappear.
Each time she moved on, a local police force was left befuddled, hopelessly confused by the discovery of several asphyxiated men.