The excerpt below if from my short story, Valentino's Ghost, 2008 DCL publications. It was the third story in an anthology, Only in Spirit. Authors Kate Hofman and Bill Haworth also wrote wonderful stories in this anthology. The book is for adults only. Valentino's Ghost is about a young woman escaping domestic violence and saving a young boy. As her life ebbs and flows she meets Rudolf Valentino and all the glamour and oppulence of his time and the romance of the man. Again, the story is for adults only. Here is Valentino's Ghost excerpt--read it and angels may sing.
. I’m out. I’m out.
Camilla rose up on one elbow and pushed her long black hair out of her face. She
trembled as she looked about the yard. No one was about. She rolled to her side on one elbow
and saw a deep a large field of green, tall corn. The field was so large she could not see the end
Hide! Hide! Hurry!
The green cornfield called to her. It was thick like a jungle. She thought of the boy and
rose to her wobbly knees and then crossed the yard, and hid behind the propane tank.
Camilla looked back at the house from her hiding spot behind the large oblong tank. The
house looked as if it had an evil life of its own. It bulged and swayed towards her. Camilla’s
head throbbed and she vomited. She raised her eyes toward the evil house and wiped her mouth.
She looked towards the tall, green cornfield, ducked down and made a dash for it.
Once inside the thick, hard stalks and fragrant, sharp leaves, she looked back at the evil
house. It hadn’t moved and no one was following her.
There is no going back
, she frantically thought. She entertained for a moment the thought
of sneaking back in before Jude discovered her gone, but she willed her body to move and ran
along the furrows.
Camilla stumbled and fell hard in the deep furrow. She lay on the ground smelling the
sweet fragrance of the corn. The wind had been knocked out of her and she gasped for breath.
She wanted to rest, her head hurt so much. The memory of the boy’s eyes and the determination
to save her, shamed her into moving. Perhaps if she saved the boy, she would have paid the
penance for the sins she had committed as a prisoner of Jude and Rowan.
Camilla had to reach out every few strides and grasp onto the yellow green stalks of corn.
She steadied herself and pushed on. She stopped again for breath and looked up to the blue sky
through the canopy of green, narrow leaves of corn. She fell to her knees, she could go no
Angels with white wings and golden heads reached down to Camilla and lifted her fromdetermination and strength.---------
the ground and set her upon her feet. Camilla took gasping breaths trying to fill her
uncooperative lungs with air. She felt no fear looking upon the heavenly beings.
Like a foggy mist in the hot sun, the heavenly apparitions disappeared. Camilla looked
down the long row of corn. Her legs and body began to move through the corn field with
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