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From Nineteen Hundred my Victorian short story.
Kathryn has just met the new boarder, Mr. Thomas, and given him the benefit of the doubt for his evasive answer about his profession. After dinner she, Mr. Thomas and two others play a game of Whist waiting for midnight and the start of the new century.
At midnight the bells from the church situated behind the house struck twelve.
As the last peal faded, a fireworks display lit up the sky. The group crowded around the window to “ooh” and “aah” at the colorful patterns.
When it ended, Mrs. Hodgson proclaimed, “Well now that was the best showing in years. I expect that the auspiciousness of the occasion is the reason.”
At that, the new epoch officially began and everyone in the room, including the three gentlemen who had returned, shook hands and congratulated one another, as if they all had been personally responsible for the commencement of a new century
When Mr. Thomas wished Kathryn a Happy New Year, the warmth from her hand in his crept up her arm and spread throughout her body.
She felt like a piece of toasted bread; she did not find the sensation disagreeable.
Hello, Sue… Intriguing passages here…
I tried to read them in my best British accent. 🙂
Yes I heard – excellent!
Sue… Who are all these people?
Sue… Who are you when I’m not looking?
Myke – 😀
I love the attraction building between Mr. Thomas and Kathryn. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
I’ll do my best
‘piece of toasted bread’ …. very nice image.
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Oooh, something’s brewing there I think 🙂 Nice job!
it may be brewing but where it may lead is another story 😀
I enjoyed picturing this scene in my mind. And I love the toast sensation…and that it wasn’t disagreeable : ) What a fun eight!
thank you! have no idea why I thought of toast
I love the piece of toast feeling – I wonder – is it only lightly browned? or is it scorched? 🙂
lightly browned – for now …
The toast simile was very different, interesting, I love toast personally so it worked for me! Excellent excerpt!
I thought it appropriate in this case. Kathryn is pretty innocent
Interesting analogy — toasted bread.
What can I say?
Sounds as if the new year will be an interesting one.
thanks sueann – it will be. You know that old curse right?
lovely writing, I could really picture the scene!
Maybe the new year will bring a big change to these folks. Nice bit of foreshadowing here.
change – oh yes indeed
“piece of toasted bread” interesting.
Love that 4th paragraph. Great description, I can just picture all those gentlemen doing that. 🙂 Excellent job of writing in keeping with the era.
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lol thanks – that’s one of my fav paragraphs also – glad you liked it
I like her take on the disagreeable feeling.
She doesn’t have the vocabulary to express it differently