The temple stood upon the highest peak, its ancient walls crumbling, long-abandoned. After an arduous climb up the mountainside, breathless, he rubbed his aching limbs. Thin mist hung in the air as he surveyed the grounds. The top tier of the building held the silhouette of his prize in its errant cracks, overgrown with vegetation. Unexpected, but he steeled himself, mustering the last of his energy. Anything for her. The final stretch, he plucked the orchid and held it fast. A stone gave underfoot, sending him crashing down the cobbled rooftops. A cluster of yellow orchids below became his grave.
She is my orchid. I brought her home from the market; she was so beautiful I couldn’t leave her there. When she looked at me, I could see she was grateful to have been chosen. I set her on a shelf near a sunny window. She likes it there.
Her petal-soft skin has darkened to a lavender hue. Indigo freckles bloom on her cheeks and in her fingertips. Her scent is off-putting, but that’s easily ignored.
She thrives on neglect, as all orchids do. The more I neglect her, the lovelier she becomes.
He swept sable hair from his domed forehead. "Lest we forget...this orchid in remembrance of our exotic romance." He placed the flower on the marble-topped vanity and removed from his pocket a rolled parchment, secured with crimson ribbons stolen from her saffron curls. "Lest we forget...this verse is a tribute to desire." He yearned to crush the purple blossom but instead, opened a small ebony box. With infinite care, he filled the dual hollows of its satin-lined interior with twin spheres, brilliant in detached beauty as green beryl. "These I carry with me so we may gaze eternally into each other's eyes...lest we forget."
Alatariel: Pelwrath, is the remodel a surprise?
Oct 24, 2021 18:03:58 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Looks like these Halloween entries are going to be sooooooo close.
Oct 25, 2021 16:20:30 GMT -6
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HDSimplicityy: Tonight I learned that critiquing other peoples' critiques is not a custom in some groups. Is that even true? I did it in school and I think we do that here.
Oct 25, 2021 20:02:22 GMT -6
HDSimplicityy: Im not sure they will enjoy reading chapters of my novel every several weeks with the content.
Oct 25, 2021 20:05:42 GMT -6
Alatariel: I don't think I've ever critiqued someone else's crit
Oct 25, 2021 21:08:46 GMT -6
HDSimplicityy: I mean clarifying your writing
Oct 25, 2021 21:43:06 GMT -6
pelwrath: Day 3 of remodeling, kind of a surprise. She know that not what. Get new electrical covers, put molding back, closet shelves, and start assembling new furniture. Wife is refinishing desk.
Oct 26, 2021 7:34:33 GMT -6
pelwrath: I hope to be less tired and return to scoring tonight.
Oct 26, 2021 8:36:37 GMT -6