Thank you for stopping by for another Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors, two amazing writing groups sharing excerpts every week. I especially want to thank all those who have read the snippets from my wip, Storms of Conflict, these past weeks. Today I have a new story to share, a dark romance titled Passages of Eliea. Eliea lives in 19th Century England and is the eldest daughter in an aristocratic family. She is engaged to Matthew, but has fallen under the spell of a stranger, a mysterious figure named Edward whom she has encountered only once, on the night before the story’s opening scene which is my snippet today.
Eliea moved from one side of the balcony to the other, uncertain if the rustling of leaves she heard under the moonlit sky was caused by his presence or was merely the wind. Seeing nothing, she went inside. The sound that followed her echoed her name, sending a cold shiver down her bare spine. The backless gown she was wearing slipped from her shoulders and she thought she felt fingertips caressing her already warm skin. What was he, she wondered, that he could have this hold on her though they had spoken only once and so briefly when he told her there were secrets being kept from her. The whisper of her name mixed with the wind. Turning around, she saw nothing, but still felt his touch.
“Eliea,” he called to her from the tree-shaded garden below.