September 24, 2017

A Romance...

First, I want thank Toni for another Creative Adventure.
I just love them!

The European Castle...
Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Germany
...I have made this a romance...

1.   While visiting in Europe and driving along the country road you spot a famous castle that has long been empty. Excited you decide to check it out. Your curiosity getting the best of you, you drive through the large iron gates to the castle and get out of your car and walk past the large fountain in the court yard to the main enormous door and notice the huge door knocker.  You raise it up. It's heavy solid brass. You knock it against the solid doors and hear it sound within._
You'd been sent directions and an invitation to tea from Jack,an author you'd met some months ago.
The butler answers  the door and  leads you inside
You're thrown off a bit as it is Collier, Jack's butler and personal assistant.
"The master is waiting for you in his library," Collier says. 
Why is he grinning like the Cheshire Cat, you wonder.

2.   Entering the castle you are in a large completely furnished hall and a room with two large sliding doors closed on your right, a beautiful spiral staircase ahead and another room on your left also with closed doors. You decide to forget your nerves and follow Collier to the room on the right.
It is all very odd. What in the world is going on?
He slides back the paneled pocket doors and you see the lovely big room ahead of you.
It is a beautiful English style gentleman's library done in leather and wood. There are Scottish plaid drapes on the floor to ceiling multi-paned windows They are pulled way back allowing the sunlight to stream in across the polished dark cherry floors.
It is a man's room and the scent of leather and freshly polished wood fill the air. 
There is no frou-frou , the room is as straightforwardly masculine as the man himself.
Suddenly you realize that Jack owns this place. His little weekend trips to "over see some business" were the renovations on this place.
It was most decidedly his own now. Everything was so like him.

3.   Much to your surprise you find a beautiful tea set out in front of the fireplace. 
The master of the house is sitting in a large leather chair waiting for you. 
His smile is broad and welcoming. There is no mistaking that he is happy you have come.
"How lovely it all is" you say looking around the room.
"Good morning" he says. His voice is deep and warm.
"Good morning sir" you reply. You have known him awhile, but there is a formality you maintain with him. He is just the kind of man who commands respect above the ordinary.

"Sit down and have tea with me. Do you like the new house?"
"House? It's a castle!" you tell him.
"It's home now. What do you think of it ?

You sit in the chair opposite him by the fireplace whose dancing flames remove the chill from the room. He has placed a lamb's skin on your chair to provide you with more comfot. He has thought of everything to make you feel welcome.
Outside autumn leaves swirl past the window into a pile on the ground in a  pretty riot of color. 
"It's wonderful, Jack. Just amazingly wonderful." Your eyes never stop gazing around the room. It's hard to take it all in.
Your favorite current scones are piled on a plate, warm and buttery. On this chilly day they taste as good as they look and the tea is perfect, hot and steaming.
The conversation is light and sweet. He knows how to make you smile with his little inside jokes and teases. He always seems to know you so well.
As you round a corner he always seems to already be there waiting, so to speak. 
 When tea is finished  he becomes more serious and introspective.
"I have something I want to talk to you about."
"Of course" you answer.
"This house is for you. I couldn't live in it without you. It wouldn't have any meaning."
Your mouth is slightly agape and you can't quite take it all in.
"Do you know that I have fallen in love with you? Have you felt it?"
You want to answer but you have no words. 
 " I want to spend my life with you. I can't imagine a life without you."
 You loved him the moment you set eyes on him at the book signing for his latest novel.
And when he spoke you knew this man was not the ordinary. He was special. 
Tall, strong, handsome, capable, intelligent and rock steady, the attraction was quick for you. So quick it took you by surprise.
You had a million questions for him after his lecture and when others had left you stayed on to ask more.  Your interest in his work was genuine and he sensed that.
 But though you have been seeing him for several months now you never allowed the thought that he would love you to enter your mind.  You knew that you loved him though. At least you knew it when you allowed yourself to entertain those kinds of thoughts. And that was not often because generally you tend to steer clear of romance.

Your times together were wonderful and filled with everything from laughter to deep discussion. 
 You feel safe and fulfilled near him. He is concerned for you and your life as much as for his own and you appreciate his intelligence and quick wit. He is a solid, steady man of determination.
"Yes" you answer simply. It is right and there is no doubt. You've waited your whole life for a man just like this.

4.   Upon leaving and driving off, you know you will never forget this adventure and think to yourself that this was an autumn day you will remember as long as you live. 

I am happy to say, that, unlike a joking prediction, I did NOT turn this into 50 Shades of Goofy at all!    At least, I don't think I did. You might beg to differ but since it was written in less than 5 minutes,it could have become very goofy.
I think it is only about 10 shades of goofy romance at the most! ;)


  1. I still say you should write Annie. You have a natural talent to be an author as well as an artist. I would be the first one to buy your books. I love your version of the European Castle. Thanks for participating in the meme. Have a lovely evening my friend. I look forward to your next adventure.

  2. As with all good stories,this one draws one in immediately.The only disappointment is that it did not continue!! WRITE THE BOOK !!!
    Be well,my friend...

  3. Great story! It is an amazing how just a few lines can get the imagination working.


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