by Setsu Uzumé
At the time that I wrote the story fifteen years ago, our culture was at the height of one of our regularly occurring moral panics around bad boy romances. The theory is that if women are permitted to have sexual fantasies about tortured and angry men, somehow these fantasies will directly cause sexual and interpersonal violence. So I wanted to write a bad boy romance as a way of standing up for myself and my friends who love bad boy romance stories. Because I am the sort of person who likes to ground modern narratives in folklore, when I think of bad boy romances, I think of magical fiancé stories.