Monday, July 25, 2011

Novel Idea


Writing of the magic in my every day, here on my blog, fuels the fire within my imagination, that place where my dreams speak the loudest, their faces and expressions, voices and emotions, all becoming as real as the world around me….

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Venice, late 17th Century

She ran in short spurts through the frigid rain, bare feet numb with cold, eyes peering from beneath her cloak just enough to watch her step. Falling and losing her lead would be worse than being recognized. In this part of town there were sure to be allies. Discrete, but allies, nonetheless. She hoped any others would be asleep or warming themselves beside their fires, not peering out their windows at a dark figure slipping through the winding streets of Venice. Nobleman or peasant, everyone knew any honorable citizen would be behind closed doors at such a late hour. Isabella’s eyes scanned above her, resting on an oil lamp flickering in the breeze, behind her at the monstrous shadows lurching back and forth. She adjusted her hold on the sacred book clutched to her chest, squeezing it closer as if it were an innocent child. Don’t worry. I wont let them find you. But where? Where will I hide you? Guide me. Show me the way. My very life depends upon it.
A gust of wind hurled toward her, ripping the cloak away from her red hair just as she entered the piazza. “There she is! Over there! Quickly!”
Isabella’s heart froze. Her lungs heaved under fire. Suddenly, she knew where to go. Yes, it was her only option. She rounded the corner faster than she knew her body capable. Only a few more paces. Just the book. That’s all that matters now. Just the book.

Few knew of its existence. Even fewer were allowed to enter. And certainly no one considered a woman capable of appreciating or even comprehending the contents of the library. Only the highest circles knew that a courtesan was afforded such privileges. The book would be safe there. Isabella leaned into the polished wood door with her one free hand, pushing it open with the divine grace she was famous for. Not a sound. Just hurried breathing and a pounding heart.

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful, Brynne! You are a wonderful artist of words! Can't wait to read it in it's entirety!

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  2. You are so very, very kind, Erika! Makes me happy you want to read more!:)

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  3. Okay so now dear Brynne I am hooked and want more please...

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  4. oh, goody, dear Jo! SoOo glad!!:)

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  5. Very pretty! I want to read more!

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  6. Thanks, Leah! So nice to have you here! Glad you want to read more!!:)

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  7. Brynne, that was a beautiful little read. It flowed so well and I was absorbed. Tell me more about this courtesan and the contents of that sacred book! As always I feel warmed for having visited.

    Cheers,
    Linny :-)

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  8. sweet Linny...thank you. I am always warmed when you visit, too:)

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  9. Brynne - I echo what the others have said above. I could easily see you expanding this story. Isabella is someone I would want to read more of.. I like that a book is part of they mystery.

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  10. Dearest Brynne, my apologies for my absence. I'm slowly trying to catch up on the reading of my favorite blogs but the Internet connection is slower than molasses! That said, I cannot wait to see what happens with Isabella! What a lovely name! I was captivated with this excerpt and wait with bated breath for the next installment! :)

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  11. I am soOo glad, Brenda...especially since I have written the whole novel and am just editing it now! Hooray!! The book is such an important part of the novel. Makes me smile that it jumped out at you. My dear, dear Brenda:)

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  12. dear Bella...dont you fret! We will be here and always happy whenever you can visit! Please enjoy your vacation and know you have a home here when the time (and silly internet!) permit!:)

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  13. This was imediatly engaging and leaves me hungry for more. Do keep us updated. Perhaps you too will be in fine bookstores soon. :)

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  14. Thanks for the belly to heart to head smile, dear Sara.:) Glad you liked it!

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