Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday



After a long, dry spell (six months--since my heart attack), I finally starting writing again. Yesterday I cranked out 1070 words on a new story....a "botanical" paranormal called L'Araldo di Primavera (The Herald of Spring). 


Here's a quickie teaser...hope you like it!





Twenty years ago....

            When Flora LaGuarda was five years old, she discovered an overgrown, weed-infested garden hidden behind her Papa's tool shed. A rusty gate creaked open as she approached, which she found quite welcoming and polite. Vines of bittersweet tugged at her anklets and milkweed pods exploded, showering her with silky fluff. She touched a thorny rose, and all at once the baby buds swelled, then burst, releasing a heady fragrance. Within seconds magenta blooms weighed heavily on the bush, the lush flower heads nodding in the sunshine. Flora turned to find Papa behind her, leaning thoughtfully on a rake.
            "Hmm," he said.
            "Hmm," she replied.
            He pulled off his faded Red Sox cap and scratched the small scrub of hairs on the top of his head. "Well, looks like you got a green thumb, Flora LaGuarda. Just like your Grandma." He slapped the hat across one thigh, dislodging a cloud of dust, then set it back on his head and nodded to her. "Time for lunch."
            Flora ran out of the garden, leaving a path of lush green growth in her wake. The gate banged shut behind her, and a clump of moss fell from the sign at the top. L'Araldo di Primavera it read.



12 comments:

Ella Drake said...

I'm all about a botanical paranormal. Definitely intrigued!

Penelope said...

Hi Ella! I'm having a lot of fun writing this...no pressure, just letting my creativity take off. It's a good writing exercise after a long hiatus. And it's nice writing about flowers since we're currently surrounded by snow!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Wow. That's pretty good :) Thanks for sharing it :)

Here is my TT

Lindsay Kiernan said...

How fun and congrats on your return to writing! Talking about flowers does help some of this dreary weather seem better.

Penelope said...

Hi Juju...I loved the teasers at your blog...hilarious! I just added that book onto my TBR pile..thanks!

Penelope said...

Hi Lindsay....thanks! I just had to buckle down and do it. Trying to keep it fun! :)

JenM said...

I love the concept of botanical magic. Have you read Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen? It's not quite the same but it's botanical based - a really sweet story that leaves you with a big Ahhh at the end.

Penelope said...

Hi Jen! Thanks for the rec...I am going to check out that book!

R.A.Doyle said...

Hi Penelope! Found my way over your neck of the woods after visiting RJ Silver's site. Great Blog. I'm having a great time looking around. Have a good one!

Rosette

Penelope said...

Hi Rosette! Thanks for stopping by. My review for The Princess and The Penis will be up soon...that book kicked buttski!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Bitteresweet! Nobody in my current life knows what it is - my grandmother loved it and grew it in her secret garden, along with lilacs and lilies of the valley.
I can't wait for your story!

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! I love bittersweet...it grows wild all over New England. I also love lilacs and lily of the valley...your grandmother's garden sounds wonderful.