?

Log in

Paragraphs-at-a-Time Story, "Home and Glamour," Part 3 - Laura Wise

> Recent Entries
> Archive
> Friends
> Profile

July 29th, 2010


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
08:14 am - Paragraphs-at-a-Time Story, "Home and Glamour," Part 3
Things I am grateful for at this moment: yesterday's rain, an hour-long pounding storm which broke a two-week drought; this morning's walk-run, and catching what doesn't quite count as a breeze on the way home; fresh blueberries and strawberries, tossed with vanilla yogurt; payday tomorrow, oh hurrah. (Am broke as a broke thing who is broke.)

I'm also grateful to be playing with this fic-bite. Today we're hangin' with Morgan. :-)

We ended yesterday thusly: "Salt and storm," Morgan sighs. "Son of a bitch."
....................

After he clears the breakfast table, he takes his last cup of tea with him to the secret room.

His journey there might seem straightforward enough, if straight means winding – up the wide wooden stairs, down the hall, up the narrow curving stairs to the attics. As he goes, he whistles through his teeth, and branches tap lightly, merrily, against the windows as he goes.

Even inside, he catches hints of salt and storm, as the wind has crept in at unseen cracks to warn him of who's coming, to tell him that he and Alice aren't safe.

At the top of the house lie the office and the secret room. The office is just as the name implies: his home workspace, currently filled with the books he's consulting for the next academic term and the books he keeps behind false law-book fronts (because, after all, they are laws of a sort); a desk for Alice, although she rarely uses it. French doors nestle between two bookcases. He goes through into sunlight and glass.

The secret room is right there in the open. The Stonewoods know that's the best place for secrets.

The walls and roof here are invisible, but they protect from prying eyes and rain and storm; in fact, Morgan and Alice like to lie hands-locked on the rush mat in the centre of the room during ordinary thunderstorms and play with the lightning. That is a deal more enjoyable than salt and storm, however, and his mouth goes all the way crooked when he looks up at blue.

Not thunder-black yet, at least.

After he finishes his tea, he kneels at the long shelf at the east edge of the room. Here are unlit candles, a stone pitcher and bowl, and a pitcher and bowl made out of ash. With his fingers he lights the candle nearest him – its flame no match for the sun, but it will serve for a guide – and then pours nothingness from the pitcher into the bowl made of wood.

It becomes water in the fall, of course, and splashes nicely but doesn't spill over.

One last thing – he opens the weapons chest on the west wall. In its depths glimmer Alice's many, many swords, and Morgan's single long blade, single short. (He doesn't need more. He can make weapons out of anything, including himself.) With two light fingers he eases out that short dagger and then turns back to his bowl.

Salt and storm's coming. It's his task to find out when and why.

..........................



May your Thursday be a magical one. :-)

(22 comments | Leave a comment)

Comments:


[User Picture]
From:headrush100
Date:July 29th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Oooh. Caught up with yesterday's and today's now. Loving it. The sun and storm, mundane and magical. And of course, a hint of menace.

[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 29th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm so glad you're liking it, Headrush! :-) Thank you thank you for reading and for your kind comment.

Happy Thursday!
[User Picture]
From:paratti
Date:July 29th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Loving it.
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 29th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Thank you thank you, L. :-)

Happy Thursday, with new paint and good things!
[User Picture]
From:janus_74
Date:July 29th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I enjoyed the description in this part; mixing of normality and fantasy.
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 29th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm so glad you liked the mundane-and-magic combination -- and grateful you're reading. :-)

Thanks and a good Thursday!
[User Picture]
From:mamculuna
Date:July 29th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Better and better! I love that salt and storm are the evil (or at least represent it)--they can really scare me, especially this time of year. And love Morgan and his secret room.
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 29th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm so glad that you like Morgan and his (and Alice's) room, and I'll endeavor to please with the menace, too. :-)

Thank you and a lovely Thursday, wherever you are!
[User Picture]
From:heron_pose
Date:July 29th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Ooooooh! This may be the wrong thing to say: the story is fine, very involving, and of course, beautifully, evocatively written.

But the rooms! The objects!! Stone pitch and bowl, ash pitcher and bowl (uh, ash the wood, I assume?) anyhow! you are giving me gratifying fantasy place, and I ::heart:: you hard for it.

The story is almost, almost, secondary to this solidity of place. ::runs and hides::

::hugs::
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 29th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
(Link)
(Yes, ash the wood. [grin])

It's not the wrong thing to say at all --especially as I know that place is on your mind right now, anyway. ;-) I'm glad that the Stonewoods' home is pleasing you!

Thank you, H_P, thanks and all good places. :-)
[User Picture]
From:anne_d
Date:July 29th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm very much enjoying this.

The secret room is right there in the open. The Stonewoods know that's the best place for secrets.

is one of my favorite lines. It's just perfect.
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 29th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm glad that line resonated, and I'm so glad that you're enjoying this story, too. :-)

Thank you thank you, with extra Thursday thanks.
[User Picture]
From:gwynnega
Date:July 29th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I love that secret room and its details!
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 29th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Hurrah! :-) And thank you, Gwynne, and a good rest of your Thursday, plus more thanks.
[User Picture]
From:stevie_carroll
Date:July 29th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Oh, I like Morgan in this section.
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 29th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm glad Morgan was likable here, Stevie, and I'm grateful for your reading, too. :-) Happy... [looks at clock] Friday!
[User Picture]
From:mobile_alh
Date:July 30th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
(Link)
More shivers of a pleasurable nature and envy for such a secret room. How lovely to have it even in one's head.

(as it is now in mine, hurrah!)
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 30th, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
(Link)
I am happy to share the notion of Morgan and Alice's secret room, ALH, and grateful you're reading. :-)

Happy Friday!
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 30th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
(Link)
Thank you, C, thank you! I'm so glad you liked these bits, and I hope the rain CD was just the perfect sleep accompaniment. :-) Happy Friday!
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]
From:laurawise
Date:July 31st, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
(Link)
Rainkatt, you're the kindest. Thank you. :-)

(And I'm glad the room pleased!)

> Go to Top
LiveJournal.com