Tuesday Tales – Loose

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Hello everyone and welcome to Tuesday Tales!  This week’s word prompt is “loose”.  We are back with Gideon in my untitled Steampunk romance.  Gideon has agreed to help Katarina Hellwig murder her husband and has chosen how he will do it.  When will he get started?   Let’s find out!

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Gideon wasted no time starting his project.  He knocked the cobwebs loose from his leather bound, aged journal.  It had been ages since he had jotted his designs in this book.  Normally he built his creations through experimentation – a bolt here, a little oil there, maybe a drop or two of absinthe.  It was by sheer luck he had a house full of whirling, living brass creatures.

However, a project of this magnitude would take some thought over a long period of time, long enough that he needed to keep notes.  This contraption could not fail.  There could be no weaknesses.  It had to be perfect.

He opened the book and flipped the brittle pages.  His breath caught in his throat as his eyes discovered his last entry.  He felt his heart crumble at the image of the sketched rose.  He brushed his fingers lovingly over the rough drawing.  It took months for him to plan it.  When he was on leave from the Queen’s Army, the time he and Sophia conceived Toby, he built it for her.  The crimson silk blooms glowed warmly.  The brass stem and leaves were tinted a shiny, grass green.  At night the fragile petals wove themselves tightly in a bud.  At daylight’s first rays the blooms opened.  He finished it just in time to present it to his beautiful wife as a memento of his love for her.

When he arrived home to her lifeless body and his missing son, it was the only material item that was missing.  The money, the pure silver place settings in the dining room were there.  The rose Gideon gave Sophia was gone.

Gideon shook the bitter memories from his mind.  He took the quill pen on his workbench and began to draw.  It was time to get started on the humidor.

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About triciaandersen

I am the author and illustrator of the children's book "The Peculiar Princess". I am also the author of two adult fantasy romance novels, "The Sorceress of Savon" and "The Woodcutter King of Muladin". Along with being an author I am married to a wonderful guy and have three beautiful children. I coach youth track and field, sew and chase my children around to their various activities.

Posted on November 18, 2013, in author, books, fiction, novel, romance, story, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. What a sad moment. Nicely written!

  2. Interesting flashback and the reminder of what was missing. I wonder how long it will take him to make the connection.

  3. Such a beautiful gift for his wife and such bitterness and sadness it evokes to know it’s gone. Emotional scene well captured.

  4. I’m with Sarah. Well done on the emotions!

  5. really liked the flashback. Interesting to read his memories.

  6. I see I am missing something about why the rose was taken too. Should I know this? I want to read more. Hurry, please.

  7. Excellent scene with lots of layers. I got so wrapped up reading it, I totally forgot to keep an eye out for the prompt. Loved it.

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