Samhain. In Ireland that means barmbrack, sweet fruit bread slathered in butter. The children sat around the turf fire, giggling, said ta mammy as they each took a slice.
In the barmbrack there was always a rag meaning poverty, a coin meaning riches, and a ring for the one who’d marry within the year.
The babe got the coin, spat it out with a half smile; riches but no husband this year. The oldest got the rag, sulked.
The middle child smiled, ate quick for her prize. Too quick; she started to choke.
And outside a bean sidhe wailed.