It’s day 11 of the #TopsyTurvyBookTour over on Instagram! Yesterday Door to Door’s Templeton gave chase in Little Red Riding Hood. Today Emily gets a surprise in Romeo and Juliet. Here we go…
(This is a derivative work based on Shakespeare’s original tragedy.)
After Emily and Rabbit left Lucie’s, the pair discussed their literary predicament.
But as they walked, a large tree erupted through the center of the sidewalk forcing the two to split: Emily tripping to the right, Rabbit to the left.
Regaining her footing, Emily saw she’d stumbled into a lush garden at the back of a long two-story house. The sound of footsteps drove her behind an unruly flower bush.
“Lydia?” A voice called out softly. “Are you there?”
Emily craned her neck in time to see a radiant young woman step outside onto the balcony above. Strawberry-blond curls tumbled around her face and over her shoulders. Even from a distance, Emily was captivated by her big blue eyes. A colorful scarf laid daintily over white shoulders. She couldn’t have been more than 18.
“Daniel?” The woman glanced over her shoulder before leaning past the balcony edge. “What are you doing back here?”
Emily shifted so she could see the man. He stepped forward, the sun shining on his face. The sudden lump forming in Emily’s throat hurt. She swallowed. Oh, Dad.
Daniel Swift stood gazing at the vision above with his feet apart and thumbs hooked in jean pockets. His dark brown hair was longish, touching his collar. He grinned. “I couldn’t resist sneaking over.”
Emily’s mother leaned her elbows on the balcony wall, lacing her fingers together before balancing her chin on her hands. “Are you saying you can’t resist me, Daniel?” After the words slipped out, her cheeks colored and she laughed.
“It’s true,” Daniel answered. He took another step as if he could get closer. “I cannot.”
“Will you be at our evening party?”
Lydia’s name was called and she looked over her shoulder. She waved goodbye before disappearing back into the house.
Daniel backed away, walking close to the bush hiding Emily. As he passed, his eyes caught her teary ones through the leaves. He winked. Startled, Emily watched as he vanished through the garden gate. A beat later, Rabbit’s hand touched her arm.
“C’mon, Emily. Time to go.”
…stay tuned as tomorrow Templeton is swept up into Bram Stoker’s Dracula. (Now posted – click here!) 🙂
Are you a writer? Please join us! Drop your characters into Romeo and Juliet and post it on Instagram! Use the hashtag #TopsyTurvyBookTour & tag hosts @saffron.amatti, @elenchase, and @writertracybrown so we can see your characters in this classic work!
What’s this about?
In August 2021, I co-hosted a writing challenge on Instagram and dropped Emily Swift and crew into a story, a scene, a situation, etc. matching the “book of the day” prompt. In these posts you can read about Door to Door Paranormal Mystery Characters trying to make it through stories like: Dracula, Harry Potter, MacBeth, Murder on the Orient Express, Winnie the Pooh, Sherlock Holmes, Little Red Riding Hood, Jurassic Park, and many more!
If you ARE on Instagram, make sure you’re following me at https://www.instagram.com/WriterTracyBrown/. But if you’re not using Instagram, no worries, you can read all the posts on my blog list starting here with Alice in Wonderland, or on Facebook at Writer Tracy Brown. 🙂