She's gone the next morning only to return that night.
Over and over, she comes and loves you.
Soon you feel tired, and after a while, the exhaustion takes over.
Fearful for your life, your family summons someone to help. The monk sits and watches as your lover comes to you once again.
He tells of the sickening sight he witnessed and offers prayers and wards to protect the house, but you protest. You love her. She loves you.
The monk shakes his head sadly, knowing what is to come.
Your lover comes and lays with you, and you breathe your last.
Hone Onna is a Japanese spirit of a woman who returns to her lover. She rises from the grave and appears as her young, beautiful self. Her name translates to bone woman
They spend the night hours loving the object of their affection and stealing their life force. The lover becomes sickly and weak with each visitation until the lover dies.
If the ghost is found out, the household can use charms and wards to protect the house, but they only work if they master of the house wills them into being.
Only those with strong religious faith and those unclouded by love can see the true form of the Hone Onna: a fetid, rotting skeleton. As she rots, her appeal actually will strengthen.
If she is found out the lover may reject her, but she will continue to visit.
The saddest part of the entire thing is that she never realizes. Her only concern is to continue to love the one in her heart.
ghMy second choice for today was Hitobashira, which means human pillar.
Yes, I do mean a literal human pillar -- as in person sacrificed in the constructing a building. They are buried alive in the foundations of said building. They were believed to protect the building by appeasing the nature spirits and warding the building from things.
There are rumors that this practice might have been still in use in the 20th century.