Soft mist wound its way out of the trees and across the estate's wide
lawns. It rolled and moved seeming to coalesce into shapes before
disappearing again into the general whiteness. Soft and beautiful, dancing
around trees and shrubs, peeking around columns like lovers playing hide
and go seek.
Somewhere in the mansion itself a window or two must have been left open.
The mist wound through, a playful child running down beloved hallways that
it knew so well. Past the conte's suite where he slept with his new young
contessa curled up in his arms, a new generation waiting in the wings for
those two to bring forth. Quickly now, on padded feet. Past Lina's suite,
the poor dowager contessa who had taken a small vacation to her beloved
resort to get away from all of the stress. The vacation was helping her
attitude towards her new daughter-in-law. All of her friends were
congratulating her on her son's capture of the only daughter and heiress of
the Cale fortunes. His forays into American business and politics were now
well assured. Past where Luisa was still awake, her head snapping up and
looking around as if a visitor had stepped into her room unannounced. Her
diary lay open on her desk where but a few pages before she was bemoaning
the fact that her brother had married into a family of beauties, yet there
was not one young woman in it that was of her own persuasion. This night
she was excitedly writing about a young woman in the same dance company as
Janna's cousin. Taylor had done a performance in Rome that they had
attended and Luisa had been introduced to Rochelle there. One look had
passed between the two women and it had nearly set the room ablaze. Luisa
was now confiding to her diary all of the delights that having a limber
graceful lover with incredible stamina could provide.
Down hallways and swirling into empty rooms. Finally the jewel room where
for centuries a single necklace had said so much about the family's history
and origins. If one were very tired and of a fanciful mind, one might have
sworn that they had seen the mist change itself again, this time shaping
itself into a lovely human hand, small and delicate, reaching out to touch
the glass that covered the new arrival to the family. The twin that now
rested on black velvet beside the original. Its journey had taken
centuries, but it was finally where it had been meant to be after all those
Quickly now. Flying down the great marble steps and through the ballroom.
No pause to admire the paintings of generations of di LiCossa family
members. Quickly, quickly. And then out onto the wide expanse of lawn
where the mist was delicately rolling across in swirls and loops.
Had the guard at the gatehouse been an imaginative man, he might have been
able to see the shapes in the mist and been amused by them. Instead he sat
there sullenly, reading a magazine, never seeing what a person with
imagination might have. He might have looked up into the dense whiteness
and perhaps been amused with a fanciful thought. He might have seen in the
mist different shapes. And one of the shapes was definitely that of a
woman crossing the yard, racing towards the woods. Where, if one were so
of a mind to make up things, one might see in the fog a shape of a young
man, and of course, he was smiling at her welcome. The two patches of fog
joined, blending together, swirling about until there was no way to ever
tell that there had been two separate patches to begin with. There was no
mistaking the joy in the reunion and that peace had finally been made.
But then again, perhaps it was just the mist.
And that's all folks!!!
Well, except for the fifth and final X-6 that will be coming out in a few
weeks. But, thank you to everyone who has hung in there along the way and
reviewed. Many special thanks to Kat and Jasmine for all of the late
nights listening to me trying to plot out chapters that weren't coming and
ending up being late for class because I just needed them to spend just a
minute looking over the chapter and making sure it didn't suck before I
And to answer the question before it's asked, expect the first chapter of J
& J 8 to be released within the next week or so. Until then, farewell and
enjoy the re-reads.