As ever, she was pleased to see him, and could sense how much her visit meant to him. She delighted in the stories he was telling her, followed the spell of his voice, watching his lips intently: she knew of her power over him, and she knew how much she was at his mercy, without him knowing. … Continue reading #FiveSentenceFiction: Confusion (for Pâris)
Continuing the never-ending dialogue with those elusive characters, it is my pleasure to hand over the pen to Susan, perhaps the most sinful creation of this writer's delirious imagination. I dislike your introduction: yes, I recognise that you have placed me in situations that many readers may find distasteful. But, pray, remember that yesterday's taboos are today's fads, … Continue reading #SundayMusing: Susan holds the pen
Your face has come to us across three millennia, in a halo of mystery and staggering beauty: you were the daughter of Zeus, king of the gods, and Leda, also known as Nemesis. In Sanskrit, your name means “the shining one”. The boy who abducted you, Pâris, mad with admiration and lust, suffered a terrible … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 9, 2013 ~ Helen of Troy
He looked back at his footprints on the sand, soon the tide would erase his track, how beautiful this island was in the falling light, he thought. The beach appeared empty, the only sounds the melody of the tide and the gulls’ s cries, and the wind. His next thought was that he had failed: … Continue reading #FiveSentenceFiction: Time
Constantine For the last post in this series, I want to share with you a few facts about a remarkable man, and a historical being who has haunted me since my youth. He was the son of an officer in the praetorian guard of emperor Aurelian, and of a mother named, inevitably, in my mind, … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 31 – May I tell you something about someone else?
Your loveliness sends us dreaming of the ancient Mediterranean, the sunshine of classic Greece, and of a time long gone, of beauty and peace. They say: “Scholars have wondered why a rural place like Tanagra produced such fine and rather "urban" style terracotta figures.” This makes me smile, and of course, we know the answer: … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 23 – T is for Tanagra