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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Menage a Trois for New Year's Eve?!

{A novel I may never finish if I don't finish the two I am working on now!}

But the following is from that book floating in the nether regions of my muse.

 {Gorgeous images by the genius of Leonora Roy}


{Artwork courtesy of Orietta Rossi}

told me that I was born the very instant the old year died and the New Year began

I figure the Angel of Death should know.

I lay on my bed in agony. 

What part of my body that wasn't cut, was bruised, or throbbing -- or all three. A sharp pain stabbed into my chest as I turned.

"Happy Birthday to me," I groaned.

I heard another groan from the mirror.

"Elu, are you all right?"

His gruff voice rumbled from the mirror, "Define 'all right'."

I swayed to the side of the bed and looked into the mirror. Ouch. His face looked like raw hamburger meat.

He grunted, "Don't worry, Elu. I am Victor Standish, and I always have a plan. Some plan! You nearly got us killed!"

I made a face. "Well, we got the bad guys killed."

A snowball hit me in the face from the mirror. "There is the icing to your birthday cake, Standish."

I wiped the snow from my face, seeing the mirror had gone black. "At least, you're all rig...."

Another snowball smacked me in the face. "I am NOT all right! Now, go downstairs and clean up the mess you made."

I swayed to my feet. "Aw, man, there's body parts all over the place."

Elu chuckled, "You cannot say Dyami does not know how to throw a New Year's Eve party."

"After last year, I swore off New Year's Eve parties.  I'm double sworn off now!  Besides, body parts are not my idea of the perfect Birthday present."

The back of my head got smacked with another snowball.

I smiled bitter. Snowballs were cheap presents, but at least they were handmade.

I limped down the hallway with scattered monster parts all over the carpet. I made it to the head of the stairs.


Meilori's was a burning battle-zone below. Marshal Hickok was dosing what I considered my birthday candles on the steps.

He glared at me, and I sighed, "Don't tell me you're holding a grudg ----"

He dosed me with the fire extinguisher. "Go downstairs and start cleaning up, Birthday Boy."

I shook my head. Never, ever, had I been thrown a birthday party.

I thought Alice might --- but she had gotten mad over something I had whispered to Becca in her revealing Steam Punk outfit. 

So there went my party.

I started to sway on my feet. I had taken a few good hits last night. More than a few actually. 

The pain spread from my chest and down my left arm.

I was so hot suddenly.  Clammy sweat beaded my body.  I couldn't catch a breath.

I smiled crooked. "Alice will be so mad. She missed me dropping dead like she ask ...."

Someone cut the strings holding me up.  I fell and tumbled down the stairs.

Out of the growing darkness, I heard Alice scream, "No!!"

Suddenly, my head was cradled in her soft lap. 

My head was resting on her bare legs. Finally, a good Birthday present.

My head lolled to the left. 

Cute knees in fishnet stockings. Becca? I flicked my eyes to the front of me. Trish in her Maid Marion outfit.

I glanced up at Alice. "Y-You mean I get a menage a trois for my birthday?"

My head was jerked and thumped off her pretty legs. "That for your present!"

I weakly raised my right hand. "Dying here. Doesn't that buy me a ---"

Alice threw my right hand to the smoldering carpet. 

And just like that, an icepick stabbed into my chest and everything went black.

I heard Becca snap, "Oh, perfect, freak. The last thing he'll remember is your throwing his hand down."

Alice grumbled, "Or perhaps it will be your wanton knees in his face!!"

Women! I had died, and they still made it all about them.

 Trish sobbed, "He never even saw the surprise Birthday Party we had prepared."

I floated in an ink sea for long moments.

I shook my head, and suddenly became scared that I had a head at all to shake in the darkness.

There was a bright light right in front of me. I squinted and smiled.

A long marble table with the biggest Birthday cake I had ever seen.

And standing by the table was Mother ... the Angel of Death.

"You remembered, Mother."

Black tears gleamed in her eyes to drift up from her lids in tiny swirls of dark snowflakes.

"I always remembered, Victor."

"Now, back with you!" she said.

"I'm not dead?"

Mother smiled coldly.

"You die when I say you die, Victor. 

Besides, it will be so much fun to see you try to extradite yourself from the hole your brash tongue has dug for yourself."

Her black robe billowed as she gracefully gestured. Suddenly, I was back. Three pairs of pretty knees. Now, THIS was a Birthday present.

Alice hugged my head against the torn satin that barely covered her breasts. I hadn't died. 

But I was certainly in Heaven.

"Alice, you sure about that menage a trois?"

She threw my head down to the floor. "Oh, Victor! I should have known you were faking."

I staggered to my feet as the three of them looked at me like the Gorgon Sisters.

"Whoa. My mother WAS waiting for me. She just sent me back to say ...."

The three of them wailed and clung to me like a life saver in a rough sea.

Becca husked, "We will not let you say good-bye!"

 Trish hugged me tight. "You're Victor Standish. You can't die."

Alice embraced me with her icy arms. "You are my Victor. I will never let you say good-bye. Never!"

I made a sheepish face. "Ah, Mother just wanted me to say 'I'm sorry."

All three pairs of arms popped off me like I had been hot brass.

Alice glared at me. "So much for my special Birthday present for you!"

Becca sizzled a look at me. "And mine!"

 Trish just giggled, running off with Becca. "Only you, Victor. Only you."

Captain Sam loped up with a plate of birthday cake.

He grinned like a wolf. "Devil's Food Cake, son. Seemed to fit."

I gobbled my very first slice of Birthday cake. "When you're right, Captain Sam, you're right."

What William Joseph played for Victor's birthday (remember he is a gypsy) ... and yes, Victor tangoed with Alice to this:


  1. Happy Birthday to Victor! And I like violins! Hope all is well with you.

  2. As always with your stories, there's a fun dash of humor mixed with the grim twists and turns. I'm glad that once again Victor Standish Standish pulled through and will fight again on another day. As soon as he has his cake.

  3. Marie Antoinette would be proud 'let them eat cake'.
    A fun diversion for my early morning. Thank you.

  4. D.G.:
    Victor thanks you! William Joseph is a wonder, isn't he?

    Hey, Victor says you have to have priorities! And eating your first slice of birthday cake in 15 years is important! To him. :-) I'm happy you enjoyed Victor's first birthday party. He still has the bruises though.

    Elephant's Child:
    As a matter of fact, Victor met Marie Antoinette in his first visit to Meilori's. She was unimpressed, but of course, Sam made him hold his tongue! :-)

    I'm glad Victor brought a smile to you during the early morning hours!

  5. Hi Roland .. glad your mother decided the time was not right just yet .. a few more Aposianadas to be had .. poor Victor - he gets the rough with the smooth ...

    Cheers and here's to more stories .. Hilary