Monday, February 1, 2016

Lost and Found Blogfest

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to take part in this blogfest. When I entered, I actually worried a little because I wasn't sure if I would have time to create something. But then I thought "Hey, I actually have the perfect scene for this."

AND the added bonus is that it comes from my upcoming book, so even better.

The reason why I like this scene for this blogfest is simple. The mission is to write about love lost or found and this scene is a little bit of both. Hope you enjoy!

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The Problem with Immortality

“Well hello there, beautiful.” Luc’s lovely voice caressed the back of my neck and I squealed, giving him the biggest hug I could.

“You followed us here?” I asked, holding on to him as if he might disappear at any moment. When we’d left France, I’d left Luc behind and with him, my heart. Oh how I’d cried that day. He’d looked my age back then.

I stepped back and looked up at his face. At somewhere in his twenties he now looked older than me, while I barely seemed old enough to go to my first Carnevale party. The realization sent a stab through me and I lowered my gaze.

He was a man now, and I…I didn’t even know what I was. A woman trapped in a child’s body? A freak of nature. Either way, it wouldn’t do to seem overly familiar with someone in public. It wasn’t proper. Venice might have been home to Casanova, but in reality, life here was strict. I sent a furtive glance to my companion, who at least was kind enough to stay at a discrete distance for the duration of this conversation.

“We’re both here,” Luc said. “Armand tired of France.”

I scowled up at him despite myself. “Please tell me he’s not going to the Doge’s party.”

He frowned at me. “What if he is?”

“Well he’ll spoil it,” I said, causing Luc’s frown to deepen. He always was devoted to his twin.

“I do wish you two would get along.” Luc said.

“And I do so wish he’d stop being an ass.” Or that he’d stop breathing, for that matter. I turned back to the display of Carnevale masks. I still needed to find a mask that would match the dress I planned to wear to the party.

I heard Luc’s heavy sigh behind me. “At least you’re still glad to see me,” he said and joined me by the window. “I missed you.”

“I–I…” I wanted to say I missed him too, but if I had never before realized what a difference our lifespans made, I felt it keenly now. He’d be reborn long before I was, and then he’d outgrow me again and again. When I had my rebirth, it could take centuries for us to be together again.

It wasn’t a way for us to live.

I swallowed my words and went to the next window, dashing at my tears. I tried to hide it, but Luc was too perceptive.

He caught my arm and forced me to face him. “Don’t,” he murmured, pulling me closer to him. “I’m here now.”

I sobbed and held onto him. Body-to-body, he stroked my back and whispered loving words into my ear. I felt the strength in his body, the play of his muscles beneath my fingers. But no matter how close we were, we’d never be together.

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TBM said...

Gosh, sounds like endless pain with the cycles. That'd crush a soul.

Pat Garcia said...

An interesting twist. It reminds me of one of the Deep Space Nine episodes I saw when Dax dies and comes back as someone else.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those cycles would make any relationship almost impossible.

Crystal Collier said...

But, but, but... I love the conflict. Please tell me there's a way to resolve it?

M.J. Fifield said...

Looking forward to this release!!

Sarah Foster said...

What a great excerpt! Can't wait to read the whole book!!

Christine Rains said...

Absolutely crushing! Nicely done. :)

Pat Hatt said...

Quite the conundrum indeed

Tamara Narayan said...

That paragraph near the end when the character laments the life cycles never matching up really grabbed my interest.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

This is so interesting!! :) I really loved it. Even without knowing the context, I was instantly attached to the characters. :)

Yolanda Renee said...

Beautiful excerpt. I'd say Endless will be a smash. I have to know more, you've sold me!

Bish Denham said...

I like that he said, "I'm here now." Heart melting.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Such a tragic, sad ending.

Taryn Tyler said...

What a beautiful scene and perfect for a lost and found love blog hop because their love is lost and found both in the very same moment.

As, perhaps, all love is.

Launna said...

Misha this sounds emotional, knowing you should be with someone and knowing it's not possible.... how sad ;-(

I'd love to see how this plays out...

Mark Noce said...

Loved it:)

Arlee Bird said...

The scene and situation were depicted very nicely. Good idea to preview an upcoming work.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Such a beautiful bitter sweet story.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Well, hmmmmph. If you had a romantic bone in your body, you'd fix it for them! Their fate is in your hands, missy. :)

Great snippet, even if you do insist on torturing your poor characters.

DMS said...

What a scene! It definitely made me interested in the characters and their story. :)

Michele Truhlik said...

Great scene! I want more! Sounds like it will be a great book. So glad you chose to share this with us. I can't imagine how hard it would be to live like these two. Very sad...

Michele at Angels Bark

Medeia Sharif said...

Awwww...great piece. These blogfest entries have been great.

Patsy said...

The weird life cycles are an interesting concept - and yes this goes really well with the theme of finding and losing.

Michelle Wallace said...

How sad!
It gives a new meaning to "long-distance relationship".
Great perspective on lost & found.
I enjoyed this snippet, Misha!
Writer In Transit

diedre Knight said...

Oh the torture! This is a highly enticing excerpt; compellingly taut, skillfully paced. Well done! :-)

Elsie Amata said...

What really made me wonder was when she said she was a freak of nature. Hmm...why? Great hook!

Guilie Castillo said...

Oh, no! No, no no! I have a love-hate relationship with these impossible loves... And now, of course, I have to read more. I simply refuse to believe you're not going to find some way to let them be together. Or will the message be that love must be lived in the moment, without promises, with no thought to the future? I MUST KNOW!

Great contribution, Misha. Thanks so much for being a part of the Lost & Found hop :)
Guilie @ Quiet Laughter