It’s week twenty-three of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Artists, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired. Loved the picture and it inspired me to write something along the historical romance line. I’ve never written historical romance, so this may be an awful representation, but that’s what writing is about, right? Trying, failing, and trying again! Anyone have any pointers?
Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!
THE DUKE’S WIFE (157 words)
“I accept your marriage proposal, my Lord,” Madeleine curtseyed, her dark eyes smiling.
“Why the change of heart?” The Duke of Linchester queried. His steely stare followed the curving lines of her bodice.
Madeleine’s smile faded. Was he withdrawing his proposal? Something she hadn’t expected. “I was foolish to not consider it.”
He nodded. “What woman of your beauty would not want to be at my side in such finery?” In grand gesture he showed his riches. Jewels covered his fingers, swaths of velvet lavished his body and everywhere Madeleine turned was fine china, linens, crystals and grandeur.
Any other woman wouldn’t hesitate to accept a marriage to the Duke. Alas, she did not love him. Her heart belonged to another and her marriage to the Duke was as close as she would get to being with her beloved. Even if she had to steal away at night to visit the boy who tended the Duke’s horses.