"Is black magic customarily set to music?"Of course, April now has to explain that what they have is not a death threat:
It said something about April’s morning that this question was actually refreshing as well as bizarre.
"'I will incline mine ear to the parable, and shew my dark speech upon the harp.' Psalm 49, verse 4. It's not a death threat. The Psalms are sung as part of worship, and the 'dark speech' is something obscure, hidden, like a mystery or a riddle."It's not a death threat; it's the reaction of a student who has been cutting chapel. If he hadn't, he would have recognized the quote.
I collect strange-sounding Bible verses to use as story titles for this series, and Michael Spence and I had a lot of fun with this one. It appeared in Sword and Sorceress 30, which was published in November 2015.