It doesn’t last long, but Mitch falls in love at first sight. Then he falls back out again. But, still, Mitch falls in love.
Mitch Falls In Love
excerpt from A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE
by Marian Allen
My jaw might have dropped. I wouldn’t know. I could hardly see through the stars in my eyes. I hoped the breeze kicked up by all those little hearts swirling around my head wasn’t messing up my hair, because I wanted to look my best right now.
She was an older woman. Twenty, if she was a day. Her red-gold hair curled softly around her face; her dove-gray eyes made her gray uniform look like something she had picked out on purpose. She was small (I estimated her head would rest nicely in the hollow of my shoulder) and delicate-looking, her rose-petal complexion a nice contrast to my darkness.
“Miss Mary said you wanted to see me,” she said quietly, her gaze dropping before it met mine.
“I wanted you to meet Mitch,” Aunt Missy said. “Mitch Franklin, this is Corina Crawley, who does maid-of-all-work for us. Corrie, Mitch is here to help me care for Chan and Wong. You know how worried I’ve been about them.”
“Yes, ma’am.” Corrie kept her eyes on the carpet and her hands clasped in front of her. She glanced at me. I hoped I didn’t look as goofy as I felt.
“They’ll be quite safe,” Aunt Missy said, “with him around.”
“Yes, ma’am. I’m right gl – I’m glad.” She had the sweetest touch of a hick accent, like she came from way out in the sticks. I mean, Faelin isn’t exactly Gay Paree, but it is the county seat.
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A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Love at first sight goes wrong.