Friday, March 15, 2013

From the Mist

In the mist she saw him and her heart broke. She blinked against her tears and swore at her foolishness.

The green of the Irish landscape stretched before her yet again. She was tied to here. She was tied to the dirt beneath her feet, the dew on the grasses and even the pearled rays of sun that struggled to light this day.

Her heart, yes, could wander the paths he walked, but her body was caged here.

There were some who didn't agree, some who thought she could have gone, should have gone with him. But tradition, family, the land, this place were all the blasted reasons she gave for staying and she clung to them plainly out of spite some days.

Today was not that day. Today she looked across the fields and saw him. She'd curse herself and cry and vow that never again would she let her mind play these tricks. But, then she'd revel in the picture set before her.

She's smile as he'd wink and hold out a butterfly like a magic secret.

Or she'd feel the thrill of being led by his hand to that treasured spot on a rainy evening to see he'd gathered a picnic and built a cozy fire to warm away the chill.

The images would flit and fade and mix with the memories of her mind. But today he was a vivid vision. Today he walked in through the edge of the mists and stood in her door. And her heart splintered.

Why she wondered. She hadn't seen him in ages--the war, his adventures, his need to get away had stolen him from her. All she had were these mad grasps at memories, and she couldn't tell anymore if they were real or imagined.

Tears slipped down her cheeks as she reached to the man. A sob caught in her throat as the man reached, pulling her to him.

She opened her mouth, she wanted to speak, to say she would go with him and that she regretted everyday that she hadn't.

"Darlin' now don't be saying anything. From the moment I stepped away from you, I've dreamed of kissing you again. It's taken me thirty years and a million miles, but I've come back to do just that."

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  1. Loved the excerpt!!

  2. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  3. Great Blurb!

  4. great excerpt fingfer crossed your giveaway is open to international!
    happy St Patrick's day


  5. Slainte!


  6. Happy St. Patrick's Day


  7. Love the "From the Mist" little teaser up there. Sounds great!
    Thank you for the chance to enter :D Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone :)
    Shelly H

  8. I don't know that luck has any bearing on having a successful relationship. It's a whole lot of work. I married my high school sweetheart right out of high school. We have been married for 17 years.
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    Happy St.Patrick's Day!
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  12. Thanks for being in the Happy St. Patrick’s Day blog hop.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, ya’ll!

    Keep writing so I can keep reading.

  13. Thanks for the great giveaway and for joining the hop!!!!
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  15. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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  17. No, I have not been lucky in love.
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  18. What a great excerpt/passage. I definitely want to know more. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  19. Nope, not lucky in love at all.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Saint Patty’s Day!


  20. Thanks so much! Great excerpt!

  21. I am lucky in love thanks!

  22. It's never easy being GREEN...except on St. Patrick's Day.
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  23. I have not been Lucky in love so far but have not given up yet. Happy St Paddy’s Day! And may your life always be golden!

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  24. What a great giveaway hop! I have yet to be lucky in love but I'm working on it. My favorite love book is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie Fraser is amazing and beautiful. I enjoy St. Patty's Day and this year I'm spending it with my best friend. We're going to two Irish Pubs and also some dance clubs. I am also wearing green and am not a fan of getting pinched. I'm not Irish either, but many people think I am because my hair is red, my eyes green and my name is Meghan, but I'm not at all. I won't be telling anybody that, however… let them believe I'm Irish.
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