A lot of people see fairies as pink-silver glittering creatures with star-tipped wands and butterfly-wings, curled up in the tightly-clasped petals of a flower. Real fairies have skin that's blotched with the yellow-lilac-pale-brown-black-blue-purple of bruises. They have wings that look like cobwebs and tattered black lace, stitched together by somebody none too skilled with a needle. They have small, poisonous claws and teeth, they have long, dirty crimson-black hair. They grant you nightmares, not dreams.