It’s day 18 of the #RockTheTurvy writing challenge over on Instagram! Yesterday Lucie was separated from the others during a Mardi Gras parade. Today, she and Templeton have a little… chat.
To the tune of: Like Someone in Love, by Chet Baker.
The invitation led Lucie to a lavish mansion in the Garden District. She removed her mask as she entered the grand old home. Exploring, she followed a trail of quiet jazz into a softly lit library.
Templeton nursed a scotch as he gazed out a large bay window. He tilted his head when she walked into the room, his eyes sweeping over her dress.
“Where are the others?” Lucie asked.
Templeton motioned to a spiral staircase. “There’s a game room on the second floor.”
Lucie began to climb. “You know, I lived in libraries when I was younger.”
“Most of my childhood was spent in a college library,” he replied, following on her heels.
The two circled upward. “They gave you access?”
For once, his reticence amused her. “Why?”
“My mother was a professor there.”
“What did she teach?” Lucie turned, pausing on a stair.
Templeton surprised her with a small laugh. “You’re interested in my mother?”
“I’m interested in knowing more about you.” Lucie’s fingers flexed on the banister. “I don’t even know the basics, Templeton.”
“So ask me.”
She shook her head. “It’s never going to be that easy with you.”
“True.” His pale blue eyes shimmered in the delicate space they inhabited between the two floors. “But I’d take this opportunity if I were you.”
“When is your birthday?”
“I know,” he said.
“What did you study in college?”
“History and Theology. My concentration in Theology was Witchcraft.”
“Your bachelor’s is in both History and Theology?”
“No.” A hint of a smile appeared.
“You didn’t finish?”
“I earned a doctorate in each discipline.”
Lucie rolled her eyes. “Of course you did.”
“Anything else you want to ask?” He was an inch closer.
“I want to ask a million questions,” she whispered.
“One more then.” His hand slid up the banister, his fingers fluttering over hers.
“Do you want to kiss me now since New Year’s Eve didn’t work out for us?” Lucie strained to see his expression in the half-light.
“Yes.” Templeton leaned in closer…
You really didn’t think I’d let them kiss in front of you, did you? 😀 Tune in tomorrow as I’m taking a break from the D2D crew’s road trip to give you a sneak peek from the first book in the Bellerose Witchline series. (Now posted! Click here!)
🎶 Listen to Like Someone in Love by Chet Baker on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/6WWRMqC1ONM
Readers – Not on Instagram?
That’s okay! I’ll be sharing my Instagram posts daily here on my blogsite AND daily on Facebook at Writer Tracy Brown so you can read them there, too. Make sure you check for a new story every day in February!
What’s This Mean for Door to Door Characters? I’ll be dropping Emily Swift and crew into a story, a scene, a situation, etc. matching the “prompt of the day” from the challenge. Writing prompts include: finding a dead body, having a house party, celebrating New Year’s Eve, bungee jumping, breaking down on a deserted road, getting a first kiss – and much more!
What makes the #RockTheTurvy extra special is that I’ll also be picking a song to go with the scene.
If you ARE on Instagram, make sure you’re following me at https://www.instagram.com/WriterTracyBrown/ to see the posts there! But again, as long as you check out my blog list or my Writer Tracy Brown page every day, you can read all the short stories without Instagram. 🙂