Lily Brightwell stretched her arms up to the pulsing lights, then waited for the music to graze her fingertips. She closed her eyes and smiled, as the loud notes penetrated her skin and ran throughout her veins, along with her blood, guiding its course and speed. Her body swayed to the music, as her eyelids fluttered, then finally her pale-blue eyes opened to take in the crowd around her.
The club was filled with bodies, perfumes, and colors. As she danced, Lily's gaze carefully searched for a suitable partner. As she considered the enchanted faces, Lily made her way through the throbbing crowd, still letting her body follow the pattern painted by the music. While she moved, a young man with dark hair and flushed skin – his dancing endearingly clumsy – smiled at her, but soon looked away. A warm hand stroked Lily's, catching her attention; Lily turned and met a beautiful woman with short, blond hair. The woman's long, lithe fingers stroked Lily's white strands, while her eyes considered Lily's features , the features of a twenty-four-year-old woman. “Lovely,” the woman mouthed, then backed away and into the arms of another lady.
Lily grinned and for a moment forgot her goal, as the music faded then grew into another rhythm. Lily let the new melody fold her into its hot embrace, and danced for a long while.
At last, determined brown eyes captured hers.
The man was tall, lean, and elegant; he wanted her and his entire body declared so. For a brief moment, however, Lily's resolve faltered. So, to regain her courage, she conjured the images of two young men – one was her age, the other a bit older. They lived far away from her, yet on this particularly painful night, Lily and the two men were linked by deep, unspeakable, immense grief.
On this night, Lily – just like the two men, she believed – was looking for a necessary relief; that's why she finally nodded to the elegant man, and smiled when she glimpsed his acceptance of her muted invitation.
A Dream of Lilies:A Novella, by Petra March
Copyright 2016 Petra March (aka Petra F. Bagnardi). All Rights Reserved.
Series: A Touch of Cinnamon
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