Or how Esau might have wanted to slay his brother when Isaac mistook Jacob’s lamb curry for Esau’s venison stew.
Or even how Medea might have chopped up her younger brother in bits and tossed him lump-meal into the sea, that little tittle-tattle-tell.
Consider those long legends of parental partiality, never a question which child was good and which was bad, never a query which offspring the mother or father or fairy godmother loved best or why.
Consider all those resentments the ugly sisters with big feet tucked into the creases of their brains.
And who hasn’t pulled the wool over her father’s eyes so she could escape with a lover or a fleece? Who hasn’t tried to slow the silvery sloop?
Ask me what I could have done when my beautiful sister – the one who had all the high school suitors, my sister shining and golden as coin of the kingdom passed from hand to hand, as fair as the glass slipper fit from foot to foot – when my beautiful sister informed my mother that my grandchildren were not yet baptized.
A verity that I, the goat, the godless one, long without faith or father, had not thought necessary to divulge – at least not to our mother.
To my believing mother, an eighty-nine-year-old woman, with all my sister’s little lambikins safe in that certain fold.
Ask me what I could have done, what I sometimes still think of doing, when my sister’s irresistible truth sent my mother weeping to the phone.