Saturday, July 16, 2016

'On the Other Side of the Mask' Snippet

I'm a little ashamed of the blurry picture I chose for today's #RainbowSnippets. I decided to post another snippet, away from the group with a better picture. :) Also, to share another fragment of 'On the Other Side of the Mask', which started out as a dark, steampunk AU, but it's developing Baroque elements as well. Byron and Shelley, a couple of choir wards, having nothing other than the power to choose their names. They choose the names of a couple of famous poets from the lost world Paradise exiled itself from, hoping to embody some of the spirit of freedom they embody. For spirit is in short supply in a city, whose populace is ruled and drained by the pale lords, the chosen designates of the Goddess. Also, when Byron and Shelley take a stand against the powers of that world, one of those designates decides to resolve the problem they pose; by making the boys his. Releasing from the confines of the church, Byron and Shelley find an entirely new kind of peril as the pets of Lord Ruthvyn...

(This picture I took myself at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome. It had some of the opulence I imagine Lord Ruthvyn's estate possessing.)

‘Father’ pulled Shelley a little closer, although not quite into his opening arms. For some reason, he was holding back, as if he couldn’t enfold Shelley within them, even though he wanted to. His entire body quivered with the strain of holding back, but there was an unspoken invitation in every curve of his finely tailored arms. 

“You don’t have to be alone,” Father murmured, as he opened his arms. “You can be with me. Become one with me and our Goddess. Surrender.”

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