I’m back to a ballet source, although the Wilis in Giselle are absolutely based in a variety of traditional folktales about vilis/vilas (and of course you may be familiar with veelas, the version created in a book series by notable TERF and all around asshat JKR). In Giselle, the Wilis are the souls of women betrayed in love, and they appear to dance men to death. Giselle defies the queen, Myrtha, and saves Albrecht even though he ABSOLUTELY deserves no grace at all from her. So when I was looking for a powerful, rule-bound figure Myrtha sprang to mind. She’s ready to take revenge on oathbreaking men, but she’s also bound by the rules – when Giselle manages to keep Albrecht alive till dawn she has to let him go.
What’s making me a little bit happy-ish this week:
I imagine as a Houstonian I’m supposed to say a thing about a sports right now but truly I almost referred to it as the Superbowl the other day, I am not invested at all, and also the parade is really fucking up everyone who works downtown right now. But I did request the morning off when things started looking crazy in my schedule last week, so hooray for that and fingers crossed that I can get past downtown to my job this afternoon.