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Her teeth began to fall at once

into her mouth they went.

Her throat was black and from it came

a strong metallic scent.

It spoke again, the beast, I mean, 

the voice chilling my spine,

"BARRY, YOU KNOW IT'S MUCH TOO LATE
TO WIN YOUR CHILD SOME TIME. 

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BUT THERE MAY BE A WAY, PERHAPS
TO CEASE YOUR GIRL'S DARK CURSE 

DEAR GRIM HAS BEGGED ON YOUR BEHALF,
HE'LL TEND YOUR DAUGHTER'S HEARSE.

THERE IS A TOLL ON YOU, BARRY,

REPAY ME THAT YOU MUST.

ONE THOUSAND YEARS, YOUR SOUL IS MINE

YOUR LIFE YOU WILL ENTRUST.

DURING THESE YEARS, YOU WILL NOT AGE, 

ALL THAT YOU LOVE WILL PASS

BUT YOU LIVE ON' CAUSE YOU, MY CHILD, 

YOU WILL BE SAVED FOR LAST

AND WHILE YOU LIVE FOR MANY YEARS,

A TASK I HAVE FOR YOU

BECAUSE YOU BLAMED DEAR GRIM SO LONG

PART OF HIS JOB, YOU'LL DO

THE BLACK UPON YOUR HANDS, MY CHILD,

WILL NEVER WASH AWAY,

YOU'LL SCRUB AND TEAR THE SKIN RIGHT OFF

FOREVER IT WILL STAY

IT IS A MARK OF YOUR OFFENSE

TO SHOW THE WORLD YOUR CRIME

AND WHEN THEY SEE BLACK ON YOUR HANDS
THEY'LL KNOW IT'S NOW THEIR TIME.

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With that last word, the ghost of death

vanished straight from the room

not one trace of my child was left

except my mark of doom.

An end, this is, to my sad tale.

so here I am today.

Oh sir, please stay, do not get up.

What's all the rush I say?

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There's no one here but us for now,

I mean except for him.

But you don't need to turn around

for you to know it's Grim.

Oh please, dear sir, don't try to run,

you'll only make it worse.

You see I'm here to tell my tale,

it's all part of my curse. 

Barry the Black is what I'm called,

Grim's foolish younger kin.

I swindled death now this I have

forever on my skin.

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How nice of you to join us, Grim,

we're ready when you are.

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Oh sir, please do not try to beg,

it will not leave a scar.

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Your name is on the list, dear man

yes sir, you're young, we know.

But death does have a strict schedule

and it's your time to go. 

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