Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Letter "P" - Patience

Patience is a virtue most Harvestors lack.  Probably the reason I excelled as the best of Drakar's soul collectors.  After doling my soul over to him for a quick fix to my ego issue only to have my life snuffed from me too soon, I realized the importance of patience.

So I sat outside the cathedral, resting on a bench.  Scriptures, invisible to the human eye, wove around and about the building and nearby cobblestones like a force field against my kind, keeping me from coming any closer.

Abby was a Cleanser.  But she was MY Abby.  My heart craved her.

Just a short walk across the stones stood the coffee shop.  This church had to be her base of operation.  I needed to see her.  I just had to be patient.

As it often did, my patience paid off.  She stepped through the double-doors, halting my heart.  Instead of the cleansing blue robes worn by other Cleansers, she chose cleansing fire, a scarlet robe.  The same worn by the Cleanser who'd stolen my twenty souls from me.  Most of us nicknamed this Cleanser Red Riding Hood, except she didn't fall victim to the wolves of hell, she vanquished them with earnest.  I chuckled at the irony.  I would fall in love with the very best Cleanser.*****

Now that he's found her, what will Basil do?  How will Abby react to seeing him?

33 comments:

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Seriously, Angela, you write crazy good. Such a way with words. I hope you're working on a novel because you've got the chops.

Nadja Notariani said...

I agree whole-heartedly with Cathy, Angela. You've got a lovely writing style. Get that novel finished, edited, and published! ;}

And I hope this whole A-Z Challenge has a happy ending for Basil and Abby...really.

Angela Brown said...

Thank you so much, Cathy. Your positive encouragement means more than I can ever really express. I have a few works in progress and look forward to turning this blog opera into a novella or a novel.

Angela Brown said...

Well, we'll all find out together. I still have a few more letters to finish :-)

Raelyn Barclay said...

Love this. One of the reasons I love Larissa Ione's writing is because she pairs impossible H/H. You're doing the same with Basil and Abby...kudos!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Raelyn. Although I wasn't thrilled with the way Romeo and Juliet ended, you know, that whole tragic kill ourselves bit (so painful how that came about too), I ADORED the theme of star-crossed lovers...even to this day. I suppose Abby and Basil are a sort of "cropping up" of that part of me.

Heather said...

Now that sounds like a match made in purgatory! This is excellent. I find myself wanting to know more about their story. Great job!

Mike Keyton said...

Writing is like running a tap.The water runs strong and clear - but you gotta keep at it else the water trickles and then dries up.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Heather. I'm looking into turning this blog opera into a little more.

Angela Brown said...

Very true, Mike. And I hope to keep my tap running for as long as possible.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, you ask the perfect questions at the end. Yes, what will happen when they meet?

Nancy Thompson said...

Good post. I was kind of hoping you'd pick Publishness. I LOVE that word!!!

I'm a new follower via the A to Z. Nice to meet you, Angela.

David P. King said...

Now that's a fitting word for the day. Lots of stuff seems to be trying mine. Yeah. Definitely a virtue. :)

Lydia Kang said...

That scarlet robe is heart stopping! Great post. :)

Cate Masters said...

Wonderful post. I hope this is more than a teaser and you're fleshing this story out. Loved it.

Angela Brown said...

Nice to meet you as well. Although I didn't pick Publishness as a subject for P, you've given me a great post topic for after the A to Z blogging challenge is over.

Angela Brown said...

On no, David. So sorry things are pushing at that patience button. Hoping nothing pushes too hard :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Lydia. Very glad you enjoyed it.

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Angela Brown said...

It started as just a writing theme for the A to Z blogging challenge. But I've got some wonderful responses to the posts, so I'm going to see if I can turn this into either a novella or a novel.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The next scene will tell!

M Pax said...

I could feel his need while he waited. He has way more patience than I. Great story, Angela.

Angela Brown said...

Ah, Alex, yes it shall :-)

Angela Brown said...

He certainly has much more than I have. But I'm working on it, day by day.

Ciara said...

I wouldn't have that much patience. I try, but lack the virtue at times.

Leslie Rose said...

My heart was palpitating as he waited and then when he saw her. I'm having a blast reading this. I'm feeling a little Romeo and Juliet vibe here.

Angela Brown said...

I so know where you are coming from, Ciara. :-)

Angela Brown said...

Yes, I've always been fascinated by the star-crossed lovers theme.

Tara Tyler said...

ooooo! quite a connection! nice job =)
wonder what he will do!

Angela Brown said...

The letters will tell, especially as we're winding down.

Shockgrubz said...

An exciting reunion intrigues me to tune in and see what happens next! Great "P" post, Angela!

J.C. Martin said...

Yes, now what? By now I kinda know that Harvestors and Cleansers are enemies. What a quandary!

J.C. Martin
A to Z Blogger

Cristina said...

YES! I'm so excited he decided to look for her.. I love it that they are supposed to be enemies!!! hehe!!!

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