Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Bells

The bells of St. Brigit's are calling tonight. 

The glow of a hundred tapers fills the nave; the air is heady with incense. Organ music swells to the rafters and every head turns. Feet shuffle and the pews creak as those gathered rise and catch a glimpse of the beauty behind the veil, prompting the appearance of lace handkerchiefs to dab at teary eyes. The belle trembles, clinging to the arm of her escort, her eyes focused on the altar awash in orchids and ivy. Her glistening eyes flicker to the loving smile of the gentleman standing at the end of the aisle.

And finally she can breathe.


image courtesy of gammablog
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100 words to add to that first line. May they live happily ever after.

18 comments:

  1. Nice take on the prompt. beebeesworld

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    1. Thank you...it was a tough challenge, but I was pleased with the result!

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  2. So very beautiful. Such a wonderful image, full of hope!

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    1. Thank you! One my most favorite reasons for going to weddings...the hopefulness and joy!

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  3. That moment just before plunging into marriage is such a lovely bit of hope.

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    1. And terrifying, too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  4. Lovely! Such talent you have with writing! Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

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    1. Thank you, Jewel! That means so much coming from you! So glad to see that you are still writing (and encouraging)!!

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  5. Hope and light -- fitting for the coming of Spring :)

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    1. Thank you...I tried to incorporate all our senses in the piece...including our need for hope!

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  6. What a beautiful description of a beautiful place! LM x

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    1. Thank you...I do love old churches!

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  7. Lovely, just lovely. The last line is perfect.

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    1. Thank you...I mulled it over for a spell, but it stuck. And I'm glad it did.

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  8. Ah now there's a place and moment captured so well in just a few brief words. Splendid work.

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    1. Thank you...a few words is right. Whew. What a terrific challenge to capture everything with almost nothing!

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  9. That pause before the marriage begins is captured so beautifully here.

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  10. Thank you...I appreciate your kind words. Thanks for stopping to read.

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