It’s been far too long since I posted anything up here and – sorry Laura! – this isn’t even an LDR prompt!
The piece came from constantly clicking the random article button on Wikipedia and finding the page dedicated to Italian actress Mariella Lotti. According to Wikipedia, she had an affair with King Michael of Romania during the Second World War, which then led me to page that said she’d run off to a convent when he’d announced his engagement to another European royal, which THEN went on to say they’d never been in a relationship at all. PHEW!
These few words are basically historical fiction inspired by whatever little grain of truth lies at the heart of that tale – I imagined a lover who was mistaken for the King, a few stolen nights back in Lotti’s home town, and a good giggle at the news story. Plenty of liberty taken with dates, of course!
To be honest, I was really split about posting it because it’s teeerrriiibbllleee and ends really quite abruptly, but since writing romance and building relationships is something I want to work on, every little helps right?
She took a long draw of her cigarette and looked out across the city from the balcony. A gentle breeze moved through the air, shifting the skirt of her nightdress, shaking the thin curtains. It moved towards the man, spread out on the bed, lightly ruffling his tousled dark hair. She heard him stirring behind her, his body moving in the sheets as he stretched and reached out for her, only to find her gone.
“Come back to bed,” he said. She looked back at him over her shoulder and smiled. He switched to Italian. “Torna a letto,”
“Better you sleep alone than me reward that butchering of my language,” she said, laughing, before turning back to the view.
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