Written as a poem submission on a Gothic theme. Now much revised. Hopefully chiseled to an essence. The source was Slains Castle and I had considered 'slains' as the title but I couldn't get it to work. Instead, I opted for 'almost gothic' from the Steely Dan song of that name. I had to wait and see if this one won any prizes… …but it didn't. So, eight months later I've released it into the wild. Fly, my beauty, fly!