I have just had an idea. I usually get two or three ideas a year: two of them are invariably bad, and the other one is only moderately bad. Anyway this idea is that, for the next six days, I will post an opening excerpt from some of my short stories.
This coincides with the Countdown Deal for “Riding a Strong Wind” - my Amazon Kindle book - on sale for a week at 99 cents on Amazon.com, now, and 99 pence in the UK, tomorrow.
So here is today's dose, the opening of “Florence – La Certosa”.
“In the evening they sat in his car, high on a hill, and looked out over the city, the lights glittering below turning Rome into a carpet of warm, soft terracotta, an Aladdin's cave of delights.
They sat together and planned, although they did not talk about it, but in their separate minds they planned, and each knew they were planning.
The coffee aroma from a nearby catering van drifted through the warm night air and leant an added charm to the gloriously soft summer night. The city stretched before them, and they were slightly hesitant with each other as they both knew they were feeling the seriousness of their bond grow.
Was it the night, the stars, the view, or the ease of summer? Was it real or was it the atmosphere? Hector was not sure, but he had a pretty good idea … and it wasn't the atmosphere.
They talked 'discovery' small talk, and found ways of exploring each other's past without betraying their serious interest. It was just conversation, ... yes, just conversation, but each word and story built the background, and cemented the knowledge each had of the other.
Their evening was coming to a close and it was just a short drive to the apartment where Alessandra lived with her parents. He leant over to kiss her gently, one more time, before they must part. He held her face and tried to fix it, as it was now, in his permanent memory. He wanted to always remember how she looked right now.”
~ Author of fiction