Here is my contribution for this week’s Weekend Writing Warriors (www.wewriwa.com) where writers share 8 – 10 lines of their work, for others to see and comment. Please follow and comment about others on the list.
This will be the last snippet from my book The Artist, as another book is already in the editing process for September release, so I will finish with a snippet from later in the book. Theo and Lizzie have gone on the run from the law, and settled in Florence. However, Theo gets word that his father is dying. Despite the fact that they have never got along, Theo goes back to England alone and tries to make peace with him before it is too late. His father begins to reveal secrets from his childhood to him.
Theo’s father ceased talking for a while; seemingly lost in thought and memories. Theo sat back on the chair and waited while Walter regained his strength.
“If you don’t want to talk any more, Father, we can leave it until tomorrow. Perhaps you wish to sleep a little.”
“No, boy. Where I am going, I will have plenty of time to sleep. I want to tell you… I want you to know…”
Theo was shocked to see a single tear come from his father’s eye and roll down his cheek. He had never seen the man this way; didn’t even believe that he was capable of such emotion. For the first, and probably the last, time in his life, Theo put out his hand and placed it on top of his father’s wizened, pale hand that was lying above the bedclothes. Walter made no attempt to move it, so Theo kept it there as he resumed his story.
And there I must leave Lizzie and Theo, him in England hearing secrets from his dying father, and her in Florence, Italy, both unaware that the gods are conspiring to visit yet more problems on them. If you enjoyed the snippets enough to buy a copy, it can be purchased at Amazon here. It is published under my new pen name of Juliette Banks.