Katerina Greyson hummed to herself as she ran a silver brush through her thick, dark locks. The sun was beginning to set, casting a golden light into her bedroom and brightening up the pale blue walls. Earlier that day, she had drawn the white curtains for the first time in months. It was April and the last bits of the year's long and bitter winter had melted away, leaving behind blossoming trees and flowers in her garden. Even with the window closed, she could already imagine the gentle scent of lilacs that was beginning to fill the air, and after months of heavy clothing and wool, she could finally wear a light, pale green dress that felt ten pounds lighter than what she had previously been wearing. Spring was easily Katerina's favorite time of the year - it was a season of rebirth, beauty, and second chances.
As she was sitting at her large vanity and combing her hair, Katerina heard the slight creak of a door opening. She smiled a knowing smile at herself in the mirror