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I am again taking a snippet from my book SONGBIRD. This piece is from the point of view of Louis, an elderly black pianist who came from Paris with Pascale, and loves her like a daughter. He had been her mother’s pianist and friend, and has always been full of guilt and remorse that he wasn’t able to protect Pascale’s mother, Lauren, from her abusive lover, Gaston. He has seen the burgeoning romance between Pascale and Harry and is pleased that she is happy.
This guy, Harry, seems a decent man, and it looks as though she has another protector now—as well as me. I am not a young man anymore, and what with my dickey heart, I have worried about what would happen to her if something should happen to me.
I hate Gaston with a passion after what he did to Pascale and her mother, Lauren. If I had been there on the day he beat Lauren to death, there would have been two dead bodies in that room, for I would have killed the man without a second thought.
I knew Lauren when she was not much older than Pascale is now. She was sweet and gentle and beautiful, and that bastard Gaston beat her so much that she became a shadow of her former self. But she always tried to protect Pascale from him. She was a good mother to her little girl.
I suppose I was in love with Lauren, even though I knew it wasn’t reciprocated, and I felt guilt that I hadn’t been there when she needed me. That was why I was determined to get Pascale away from him—and why, if he tries to hurt her again, I will kill him.
SONGBIRD is the story of a French singer, whose mesmerising voice and looks attracts Harry like no other woman has before. But she has scars from her past. It is also the story of Harry’s best friend, Jake, who owns the night club where Harry and Pascale first meet.