“First Line Fridays” is by Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of a current/upcoming read. Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) in what you’re reading a find a snippet that jumps out at you. The idea to combine the two came from Kat @ Here There Be Dragons“
I found this meme on The Writerly Way. And I’m doing this on a Thursday just to be difficult.
There once was a country parson with a game leg from the Somme, who lived in a honey-colored parsonage with his daughter, the most beautiful girl in the world.
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“I think there will be frost tonight,” he said, and the dragon lowered his head in assent. “Will it kill the roses?”
The dragon looked surprised. “Of course not,” he said, and then he was silent and thoughtful. “I suppose most roses die in winter,” he murmured to himself.
After a hundred years of ever-blooming roses, one might very well forget that. The silence fell between them. The parson inspected the roses again.
“No one missed me when I had gone,” the dragon said.
An m/m World War II-era retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
During a chance summer shower, an English country parson takes refuge in a country house. The house seems deserted, yet the table is laid with a sumptuous banquet such as the parson has not seen since before war rationing.
Unnerved by the uncanny house, he flees, but stops to pluck a single perfect rose from the garden for his daughter – only for the master of the house to appear, breathing fire with rage. Literally.
At first, the parson can’t stand this dragon-man. But slowly, he begins to feel the injustice of the curse that holds the dragon captive. What can break this vengeful curse?
What first lines grabbed your attention this week?