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He did not know when he had first started watching her. It was as if he really had no concept of time or maybe time just did some sort of unrehearsed dance when he got near her, as if the moments, minutes and hours themselves could not be trusted in her company. And while he could not really recall the whens of the first time he saw her, other details were still almost too sharp and clear, like a favorite painting where one can touch the colors and feel the shapes slip off the white bluff of canvas and slide under the skin.

In fact, he was not even sure what it was he first noticed about her... It had been a warm night in New Orleans, the French Quarter, one of those perfect jewels of an evening where a sickle of silver moon seemed to crowd out the sky and all the stars stood at attention as if waiting for something to happen. The soft blue moan of jazz had caught his feet on Bourbon Street and nearly tripped him up, spilling him out through the crowd on his way to Cafe du Monde, savoring the voodoo he could feel rolling off the night sky, and the brush of warm skin and breath from those surrounding him. He loved being too close to strangers. He loved how their clothes teased his own in a crowd and how their eyes played tricks with his memories and how their words cocooned his heart.

The Cafe was a favorite spot for him. From there he could watch the city make its way through his world. He could study walks and voices and faces, and imagine conversations, and contemplate lives that would never intersect, except in his dreams. Some nights he would bring along his sketch pads and charcoal pencils and colored pastels and draw, sketching the faces, the bodies, the bits and pieces of scenery that caught his attention. He loved the supple feel of the paper sliding under his hands, and the way the charcoal's rough black scratches rippled from his fingers and how the colors spilled light and shadow, catching the circus smiles of tourists sipping their coffee or the bright flashes of flowers and trees that played hide and seek with the street lamps as he filled sketch pads with what his heart ached to touch and make his own.

And it was on such a night that he first saw her. Just a simple woman in simple clothes sitting a few tables away. He could not pinpoint what made him aware of her presence because at first it was such a subtle intrusion into his world. The air around him slowly changed, vibrating with a faint perfume he knew from his past and he could feel a twist of words from half forgotten poems make its way across his fingers, causing him to put down his pencil, pulling his attention from the horse and carriage he was sketching, and placing his focus on the woman.  His view of hert started in profile - a delicate slope of forehead and full arch of cheek, and a mouth that even from where he sat, promised what daring men should not think about. Slowly she turned to face him and in that nameless instant, he felt the night slip and spin like a giddy toy that he could not control or even hold in his hands. He became aware of every nuance of her simultaneously, and yet would have been hard pressed to describe her features in detail.

There was a sudden, sharp intake of breath, but he could not determine the origin - perhaps from a neighboring table of other guests who also had found themselves caught off-guard by the woman's disquieting presence. Everything about her seemed to assault him all at once, from the heat he could feel shimmer around the length of her tucked into the table, to the distracted dance of her long fingers against the china cup curled against her palm like a lazy cat. He watched, mesmerized, as she lifted the cup to her lips, a small flash of moist pink running the cup's rim and could feel the warm brown silk fill her mouth. He could feel the pucker of those lips against the cool porcelain and let his mind riot at how that pucker would  grow tense and then bloom under his own as his tongue took her measure.  His eyes followed the cup's return to the table and then her hand to where it came to rest over a pendant that dangled moon bright and quick against the cream skin blooming like a magnolia under her blouse. He could hear the leaves...and those petals...exhale as her fingers twisted around the chain, wrapping it around her fingers, and he longed to place his fingers over that delicate beat of skin he could see flush the base of her throat. Her skin seemed to be comprised of a thousand shades, the soft colors reflecting the lights over her head - the flecked brown of her eyes giving way to the pink blush of her cheeks, the faint tinge of blue that glistened across her collar bone rising to meet the deep burnished gold of hair that rioted over her shoulders and fell like soft reeds against her throat.
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Melalina Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautifully turned phrases. A captivating wild ride of words. Couldn't stop reading...but, didn't try to.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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MichelleWillner Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Your words! As I read this I can smell it, taste it, feel it... amazing. You have a way with language and painting a picture.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I guess I am a frustrated painter...
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AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Unbelievably gorgeous. So richly textured, so poetic...amazing.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it.
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AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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yourbonesmymirror Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm not sure which is more incredible: part one or two... this one was most captivating to me because I feel like I can really relate to the artist in the second and third paragraphs... Once again, your descriptions are gorgeous (your details are magnificent).
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks so much. I enjoy writing description, but really need to work on dialogue.
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yourbonesmymirror Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I often have trouble with that too... all my dialogue, from every character, seems to come out like my own mind... it doesn't work. But you're still amazing, and I love your work!
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Ferelwing Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very well written, I love the way you describe things hon! :hug: You have a knack!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks! I am a frustrated painter..
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Ferelwing Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: I wish I could paint.. :huggle: Awesome work!
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M-I-R-I-E-L Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Ah, the worlds you weave...:heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Writer
Thank-you very much - that is very nice of you.
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Student Writer
well written! i loved the imagery, especially in the second paragraph. the reader is immersed in the scene completely. great work!!

one thing: "His view of hert..."--I'm thinkin' you meant her (: other than that, great!!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks sso much - I appreciate the feedback. And yeah...her, not hert.
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Student Writer
no problem (:
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009   Digital Artist
Beautifully written! Vivid details...I felt as if I was there :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009   Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Angelicgospel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
wow write the pat 2 plissss
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Writer
I certainly will.
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Angelicgospel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
yay!!!!!1
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LadyUndone Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's beautiful. such a power and ability to write. the reader can actually see the whole scene, it's great!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks! I am a frustrated painter, I think....
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LadyUndone Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
you're welcome :heart:
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Vampmaniac Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
I absolutely love your writing style. Sounds like the beginning to a wonderful historical novel I'd love to read. I love the way you describe the scenes.

I'm an avid reader and it makes me want to read more !! I want to find out what happens between these two.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks so very much - I am very glad you like it!
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enbie91 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece is so beautiful and mezmerising (how ever spell it). i love it! :aww: it's warm and hypnotic, great work!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks! I am very glad you like it!
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vintage-muse Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Memories of another time and ... place. *smiles*
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Writer
You know how I long to spend a long winter night filling a sketch pad with you. You also know I cannot draw to save my life...so my portraits of you must be in words.
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vintage-muse Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Damn you. Now come here and make me sinner.
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SordisPretiosa Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Reading this is... hypnotizing.
It makes you feel like being in tow of a big, warm vortex~
:heart:

[Ah, and reading this while listening to Antonín Dvořák's "Song to the Moon", like I just did, is pure magic~ <3]
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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LACYDRAWERS Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional Writer
And then........
Please Sir I want more :giggle:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Writer
*Smiles* Thanks - I truly appreciate it.
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LACYDRAWERS Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Writer
Always my pleasure..:iconhrtplz:
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theChrisScott Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student Photographer
speechless, a riveting piece of literature.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks very much! I am glad you like it.
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theChrisScott Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Student Photographer
your welcome
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RedSky-atNight Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
A portrait you have painted, of that no doubt, she feels magnetic, it's all too easy to get lost in this, if it hadn't ended I wouldn't have found my way out.
Part 2 I beg. :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Writer
Many thanks...and I am waiting to see where it goes next.
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb portrait!...I loved every line and the vivid images described my friend...we can see ourselves watching the whole scenario through the glass!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks love...I am not sure where it goes next.
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xeena-dragonkizz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
wow..Totally captivating, this reading got me just amazingly spellbounded..I loved every word!! Absolutely wonderful, what a way with words and imagery!! :worship:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks so much - I appreciate it!
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! :wave:

You have been featured in my journal [link] and in this news article [link]
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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