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Here’s a snippet from my medieval fairytale, Black is the Colour.
Ciana bit her bottom lip as she spied through the chink in the blacksmith’s wall. Oran was stripped down to his waist, with only the heavy leather apron to protect the front of his body. He raised his arm and brought down the hammer onto the red hot metal. She suppressed a sigh as she watched his muscles work along his broad shoulders. The heat of the fires made the air hot and there was a sheen of perspiration across his entire back. He all but glistened. She wondered what it would be like to run her hands over him.
A metallic clang echoed through the workshop as Oran beat the anvil with his heavy hammer. Ciana leaned a little closer to the wall so she could get a better look, her hands resting on the rough wood. Dear Heavens, she doubted she would ever tire of watching him. He lifted his arm again, but hesitated before dropping it by his side. He turned his head and scanned the room.
“Ciana! Ciana is that you?”
Ciana jumped back and flattened herself against the wall. Holding her hand over her mouth to stop her laughter escaping, she waited.
He called her name in a soft, deep voice. It seemed to roll off his tongue as sweetly as if it were honey. Even his voice made her stomach tighten and flip. She heard the hiss of the metal as he doused it into the large barrel of water which she knew stood by the anvil. She waited one more moment before stealing another peek. The workshop was empty. Silently as she could she crept along the wall but as she rounded the corner familiar hands caught her around the waist.
Ciana has loved Oran all her life and nothing, not even her father will prevent them from being together. But the Mayor of Stonemark has higher aspirations for his daughter than the village blacksmith. He engages the help of a witch and dark magic to bend Ciana to his will.
Oran knows that he doesn’t deserve Ciana. But their love is stronger than the metal he forges and welds. She has his heart and he will never turn from her no matter the cost.
Separated, Ciana will need all her strength to journey through the deep forest and save Oran from the witch’s curse. Alone and with only a trail of black feathers to follow, Ciana will fight against the odds and attempt to bring her lover home.
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