Love is in the air--and on the pages. Heather Webb of Between the Sheets is hosting a Valentine's Day blog hop. Follow the trail and read love scenes from participants' novels. Here's a contribution from my work-in-progress:
They walked a bit in silence, the unlit windows of the near-empty château withholding both succor and judgment. Their footsteps echoed on the cobbles, rousting pigeons from the eaves and sending mice scurrying to the safety of shadows. Far off, an owl hooted, hungered by the croaking of the pond’s countless frogs. The sweetness of the honeyed wine lingered on Catherine’s tongue, stilling each feeble tremor of caution. When the duke changed direction and led her into the cour de la fontaine, she did not resist.
photo: Joseph Kranak
They stood at the railing and gazed out upon the lake. The moonlight lay like early frost upon the rippled surface. The reedy bank below them exhaled a rich breath of damp earth, while above them the stars winked in complicity.
“A gift from heaven,” Orléans murmured.
The view, the moment, the day? “Indeed it is, my lord.”
He cocked a brow. “I don’t supposed you’d call me Charles?”
She shook her head. “I dare not presume.”
Disappointment flashed in his eyes, only to be doused by her murmured disclaimer. “Not aloud, that is.”
He tipped her chin, raising her gaze to meet his. “Then I shall have to imagine the whisperings of your heart.”
"They cannot be difficult to discern.”
He bent then and kissed her, his breath sweeter than the sugared plums, his lips softer than the velvet sleeve beneath her hand. Though they were of one age, she knew nothing of love. Breathless with delight, she closed her eyes and surrendered to the wonder of his exploration.
**********Comments and critique welcome. In fact, commenters will be entered into Heather's drawing for FREE CHOCOLATE! Be sure to visit Heather's blog and follow the links to other scenes. Spread the love!
Happy Valentine's Day!