"Death Before Dishonor."
By Dobbin Thorpe (Thomas M. Disch, 1940-2008).
First appearance: Fantastic, February 1964.
Short short story (6 pages).
Online at SFFAudio (HERE; PDF).
"Rena Arblest was, perhaps, no better than she should be. But she was no worse, either. And therefore deserved less than she received."
If, like Rena, you take a vow, you'd better be prepared for what happens if you don't keep your promise; unfortunately, she wasn't . . .
- For over forty years Thomas Michael Disch, a suicide, generated SFF on a consistent basis; see Wikipedia (HERE), the SFE (HERE), the IMDb (HERE), and the thorough bibliography at the ISFDb (HERE).
- "It was a for-real tattoo"; see Wikipedia (HERE) for more about the practice.
The bottom line:
"If I decide to get a tattoo, it'll be a map of where I live on my chest in case I ever get amnesia."
― Stewart Stafford