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There are No Shadows Here II [Feb. 14th, 2009|09:22 am]
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[music |Girl - Destiny's Child ("Destiny Fulfilled")]

A Fireside Confession

Outside it’s snowing.
I know that.
People who come here think we have no windows, but we do. There is a hidden courtyard, where only we may go – there is a hidden spring there, and trees that bear cherries in lat summer, apples in early autumn.
Mist lifts off the burbling surface of the stream, which never freezes, and mingles with the snow.
I stood at the window and watched it for a time, I don’t know how long, before I came upstairs again.
Dimitri offers me a cup of tea from the samovar, and I take it, gratefully.
“What’s wrong?” he asks, when the teacup rattles in its saucer.
I didn’t know my hands were shaking.
I sip my tea.
I have played the confessor to a thousand men, and no few women, held their hands as they told me their secrets, punished them when they needed it and offered absolution on my altar.
But in ten years, I have not stood on the other side of the screen. I have always kept my secrets to myself.
“Mireille?” the lightest touch on my knee.
Who can I tell, if not him?

[User Picture]From: ilthit
2009-02-16 08:04 am (UTC)
I think someone's headed for a new novel...
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[User Picture]From: amazon_syren
2009-02-16 11:54 am (UTC)
At the very least, as short story. At least that's the hope. I miss writing. I've only been doing a little bit lately, and it would be nice to do another story (and, ye gods, actually finish it!)
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[User Picture]From: ilthit
2009-02-16 12:01 pm (UTC)
The first part, I thought, stood on its own, a haunting image that says something about the Ideal hedonistic heaven vs. the long years of ordinary life. THIS read like a prelude to a story set in that dream-place, and doesn't, in fact, stand on its own. Oh, I don't mean to criticise - most of my fanfics and drabbles don't even aspire to tell a full story. It's just the reason why this sounded like you were headed for a full novel - or novella.
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[User Picture]From: amazon_syren
2009-02-16 12:05 pm (UTC)

By "short story" I meant "stand-alone work of 2000-5000 words". ;-) I'm trying to sort out who the characters are, what this secret is, and how I'm going to present sex-work as, well, basically as something that is both very possitive and very tiring.


As usual, I will have to see where this goes. :-)

Anyway. Running off to work now. :-)

- Amazon. :-)
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