And now for a different approach to the topic of literary love….
If you read Paul Harrison’s resolutions last month, you know he’s an actor obsessed with Shakespeare, and he’s in love with a girl who likes romantic poetry. But can even the Bard’s words help Paul after he inadvertently offended Yvonne during a prayer circle several years ago? To find out, let’s look at a few snippets from the soon-to-be-published Twinned Universes:
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She touched his cheek as if checking for the tears he kept inside. Paul knew her fingers were dry. Still, better to distract her. He pressed his hand over hers, locked gazes with her, and recited from Romeo and Juliet, “If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this; My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand, To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.”
Her eyes brightened the way they always did whenever she heard romantic poetry. Her own lips parted slightly. But before he could follow through with the stage directions, she slipped out of reach.
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“It’s not your fault that your mom was killed.” She spoke as if she’d read his mind.
He stared at the cups, a cheerful red and green. Wasn’t it too early for Christmas? “It is too.”
“You had no idea who you were or what your great-uncle planned to do.”
Paul wished it was that easy. Maybe it was for her, but he didn’t share her faith. Even her kind words couldn’t wash away the sludge in his soul whenever he thought of Mom. Part of him wished he could just weep everything out onto Yvonne’s shoulders, but then she’d think him weak.
“It doesn’t matter.” He turned away and reached for the cocoa. “We were going to figure out how to save Sean, remember?”
“We haven’t finished talking about you yet.”
“Well, I am.”
She snatched the green cup away before he could add the cocoa powder for her. Even in the dimly lit kitchen, her eyes burned fiercely.
He cleared his throat. “‘Doubt that the stars are fire—’”
She held up her hand. “‘I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.’”
Damn. She had to be pissed to sting him with his beloved Shakespeare.
“If you really loved me, Paul Lyon Harrison, you wouldn’t use someone else’s words. You’d share your feelings with me.”
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Will Paul and Yvonne ever get together? You’ll have to wait until Twinned Universes is released–hopefully next month!–to find out. However, I do have an unrelated short story up on Amazon right now that deals with love. It’s called “Letters to Psyche,” and it follows Cupid, who is separated from his beloved Psyche while he attempts to unite the Montague and Capulet families in love. It’s free through the end of today, so please download a copy!