Hello Everyone! Today is day 5 of the tour and I'm excited to share a teaser from the prologue of A Song of Home! Let's hop right in!
Tyler Nace shivered as Carlisle led him toward a towering hotel building. Snow lay in sooty piles and the streets bustled with bundled up people speaking a mix of British-English or French. “Well, you’re right; this certainly isn’t Richmond,” Tyler teased, clutching his threadbare coat tight and pulling down his hat.
His fellow Confederate operative smirked as they neared the lobby door. “Just trust me.” The two young men, agents of the Confederate Secret Service, bustled across the lobby.
Moments later they stepped inside a small, dim room furnished with simple oak chairs and end tables, the latter sporting a wooden bowl of fruit and a vase of flowers. The floorboards creaked a little, and a draft whistled through the doorway, but compared to the outdoors, Tyler thought the place rather homey.
“Home sweet headquarters,” Carlisle explained, plucking a flower from the arrangement. He breathed in the lilac scent. “Just like Emily.”
Tyler grinned and shook his head. Emily, he’d discovered, was Carlisle’s bride in Kentucky. Everything made him think of her.
Tyler tried his hardest to act interested, but Carlisle didn’t miss the younger agent’s frequent glances at the door on the other end of the room. Carlisle strode forward and twisted the rusty knob, pushing hard against the warped wood. Tyler hurried to assist him. The door groaned under their combined weight, at last flying open, sending the two sprawling to the floor. Tyler sneezed as dust flew up from the old rug that had cushioned their fall.
Carlisle pulled himself up and dusted his frock coat. “I really ought to fix that door…”
Tyler’s head whipped around at the sounds of laughter from the far end of the room. There sat the other members of their little branch of operations: Mr. Gentry, the “Rough Man”, the “Young Agent” Sabine, and another pallid-faced young man.
Who is this pallid-faced young man? You'll have to read A Song of Home to find out!
And today, we have a double interview! Natalie Claire@ kenmorepines.wordpress.com
That's about it for now!
Have a Blessed Day!
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