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Tuesday Tales – Bells

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Hello everyone and welcome to another Tuesday Tales!  This week’s word prompt is bells. We are back with Gideon in my untitled Steampunk romance.  Gideon has gained Emma’s assistance as he builds the humidor.  With her there, will he get it done?

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The cheerful chime of the cathedral’s bells echoed throughout the townhouse.  The clamor normally drove Gideon to bury his head into his pillow in an attempt to drown out the bright morning rays of light.  This morning, however, he shot up, shoving the covers from his nearly naked body.  He had no idea if and when Emma would grace his threshold with her beauty.  He should at least be decent when she arrived.

Gideon paused for a moment as his eyes fell on the gold band he still wore on his left ring finger.  Sophia.  His heart, his body, his thoughts had been devoted entirely to the golden haired creature since he met her.  He nearly forgot the reason he took on this assignment.  Revenge.  Revenge against the bastard who took the life of his precious wife and son.  He exhaled slowly.  He couldn’t forget them.

Gideon stood from the bed and tugged his chocolate brown wool trousers up each long, powerful leg.  A grin spread across his face at the knock on the door.   His devoted thoughts of Sophia floated away as desire for Emma burned in his veins.  He glanced around for a linen shirt.  Not finding one at the ready he chuckled.  What would Emma’s reaction be when he answered in his rather indecent state?  He couldn’t just let her stand outside in the morning chill as he searched for a shirt.

Gideon tugged on the doorknob, yanking the door open.  His smile faded.

“Good morning to you too, Gideon,” Edgar greeted.  He raised the emerald green bottle of absinthe in his hand.  “I figured you would need one of these.”

“What are you doing here?” Gideon near barked.

“Checking on you.  I worry about you, Gideon.  You are my best friend.  What has you in such a bother?”

Both men stopped at the sound of soft footsteps shuffling behind them.  Emma, dressed in a rose colored gown covered in a charcoal cape and hood, smiled brightly at them.  “Good morning, gentlemen.  Forgive me for interrupting.  I am ready to get to work, Gideon.”

Gideon growled at Edgar’s amused smirk.  He opened the door wider to allow Emma through.  His glare was near murderous as Edgar slipped away from Gideon and followed her inside.

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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 December 16, 2013, in author, books, fiction, novel, romance, story, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Love this story. He shows up at the door bare-chested and she seems to take it in stride. Can I smack Gideon and find something for him to do somewhere else? He’s a spoiler for sure. They need some alone time. Heh Heh. Well done!

  2. Great excerpt! I love where this is going.

  3. This story is getting better all the time. You’re really getting this whole steampunk genre. Kudos.

  4. I like how you character is so bent on revenge. This will make his change so much more dramatic.

  5. I love how you put his emotions into words, so beautifully subtle, but still strong! And I really like how she enters the house oblivious to the men’s “wordless” reaction. Well done!

  6. I agree with everyone else, a great scene.

  7. I’m loving how this story is progressing. Well done!

  8. wow, his plan to show off his masculine gifts spoiled by his buddy…I bet he has a chance to make up for it later though. She sounds amused, I’m sure she is open to it. great TT

  9. Excellent scene – as usual. I love this story. I think my favorite line is: His devoted thoughts of Sophia floated away as desire for Emma burned in his veins.

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