I’m involved in a anthology project and this little snippet is a taster for you. I’m very excited about the project coming together and can’t wait to tell you more about it.
Enjoy and I’d love your comments.
Miles picked up the wretched jewel-encrusted box and walked into the hallway leading to the top of the stairs. The chill thrumming through the air announced the staff leaving for their annual night away. He glanced to the darkened windows. His visitor must have at last arrived. How he loathed tardiness and on such a special occasion too. He gave the cursed box a flick with his fingernail and headed down the first flight of steps to the square lobby before the final descent to the ground floor.
At the turn on the stairs, the vista from the room below met him and he froze. Angels visited the earth on rare occasions, but tonight one had strayed into his home and stood before the wide hearth. He almost turned back. Surely, if he took her, whichever deity she served would be furious.
No, they weren’t furled wings, but the panels of the white cloak flung back over her shoulders. He’d not seen the like of her thistledown silvery gown for centuries. She rubbed at her arms with delicate hands and raised her blond head to look up the stairs.
She smiled, and his heart lurched in a bigger response, one some might call emotional. No angel this, the spark in her eyes as her gaze met his lit his hopes. He could not leave her to stand in waiting. He fought to still an answering smile as he continued down the stairs. Tonight wasn’t about smiles.
Her blue eyes widened a little at his approach. Lifting her chin, she took a step back. “Mr. B.F.E. Miles?”
He could swim in those eyes, dive beneath the gleaming surface to find the pearl of her soul, the crux of all her yearnings, if only she would pass the test and let him. “Yes. I am Miles. You are?”
“Jessica Hopton, Mr. Miles. A pleasure to meet you. I’m your tenant at the gatehouse cottage. I’ve brought the rent gift as the letter said.”
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