What a wonderful piece! I love the narration and how you juxtapose actual magic with "magic" that the character does not understand but thinks is so mysterious. I also like the darkness that comes with this piece-- you know that this man may not be proposing what she thinks he is offering and may have a sinister purpose, to use and discard her. Anyway, wonderful work and a well deserved win.
Thanks again for reviewing my story. I loved this story of yours-- beautiful, haunting and the words washed over me. The only thing I would like more of is the main character's reaction to the girl's story. Great imagery, I felt the man's pain as he goes through discovering what actually happened. Thanks for sharing.