Dariel's World

Hi. I'm Dariel Raye, an interracial/multi-cultural paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and psy/suspense author, and every day of this journey is a learning experience. I'm also a counselor, musician, and animal lover. My stories are about all-conquering love and romance, and I enjoy hosting other authors as well. Enter a world where werewolves, vampires, multi-shifters, vamp-like Nephilim, Vodouin Fey, and all things paranormal capture our hearts...

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Flash Friday: "Layers"

This is a momentous Flash Friday, anniversary of my kidney transplant, and I'm in a melancholy mood. Our awesome leader has chosen a picture reflective of a nostalgic scene in a short story I'm working on, "Coffeehouse Romance," so since we only have 100 words to share, here's part of that scene. Hope you enjoy, and here's the link to take a look at my friends' flashes, too :-)

(Taken from Coffeehouse Romance)

Her Russian crescendoed and decrescendoed in an un-timed rhythm, the creaking of a swinging kitchen door, and I leaned closer, regretting the lie, grateful for my annoying digital recorder as I struggled to follow.

“We were both tantsory, you know.” Her soft gray eyes lit with pride.

When I continued to stare, rather dumbly, I’m ashamed to say, she stood, supporting herself with her cane, and lolled her head from side to side, two-stepping in her slippers.

“Dancers, my dear. We were dancers.”

She sat again, graceful for her years, a mischievous grin splitting her beautiful, paper-thin face, this time leaning closer to me.

“And lovers,” she whispered. “I think, that night, I wanted him to recognize me, but again, age simultaneously adds and strips a woman’s layers. Better he remember me as I was.”

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