Her beauty entrances all who gaze upon her. Her milky skin belies her hardness. I too was smitten. Her stature is to be marvelled, as she towers over terrazzo with her gaze through blank eyes. Her dancing waters calmed me. Her mosaics entertained me. Her smooth features welcomed me each morning. She is a beauty to behold, for sure. She is not from around here and it shows.
Over time however, her beauty no longer lures me. My initial gaze of admiration has become a glance of frustration. Her pedestal is worn, and her waters no longer dance for me, but seep onto the terrazo and stain my patience. She is never satisfied.
A man asked me about her the other day....his admiration for her had waned as well. We have tried to help her, I explained. We have spent time and money and had specialists in to see her....all left baffled. We tip toe around her these days, making every effort to placate her, so that newcomers are still smitten by her gaze. Instead of recognizing our efforts, she mocks us.
I now wonder if she holds power. Has she hexed us with her presence? Or has she merely aged and lost her strength? If so her beauty still hides her age. I believe she holds power over her location. I believe she is surrounded by spirits. Now there is talk of banishing her.
I am torn. I love her, yet I hate her. I will miss her beauty, but will welcome the calmness of her absence.
To her new employer--good luck. You will need it.