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WHEN DARKNESS FALLS


WHEN DARKNESS FALLS

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HER FIRST LOVE WAS TO THE ARTS

FROM THIS PLACE

FEATURED THE ARCHWAYS,

ARCHITECTURE STONE,

AND MARBLE

THE BUILDING WAS NORMALLY

SEEN AS A RESIDENCE

YET TODAY IT WOULD BE

THE CENTER OF THE

DANCE

THERE WERE HUGE

BEAUTIFUL WROUGHT IRON GATES

THAT ALLOWED ENTRY

FROM THE CANALS

WHERE COSTUMED FOOTMEN

CAME TO HELP THE

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

FROM THEIR CONVEYANCES

WITHIN THE GRAND FOYER

WITH ITS SWEEPING WHITE MARBLE

STAIRCASE

THEY ALL WERE GREETED

BY THEIR HOSTESS

SHE WAS STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL

DRESSED ALL IN WHITE

HUGE WHITE FEATHERS

SWEEPING THE HEM

OF HER GOWN

AN ELABORATE AND VERY REGAL COLLAR

MADE OF THE SAME

AND A MASK FORMED

OF EVEN LONGER FEATHERS

SWEEPING THE HEM

LIKE HER GOWN

SHE WIELDED HER MASK

WITH EXPERIENCE, COMFORT,

AND COMPOSURE

NODDING TO THE GUESTS

AT HER SIDE

SMILING, TURNING TO GREET

THE NEW ARRIVALS

SHE DRIFTED ACROSS

THE FLOOR

TO GREET THEM WITH

KISSES ON BOTH CHEEKS

THEN SHE TOOK BOTH OF

HER HANDS STRETCHING AWAY

TO SURVEY HER

OOH THANKS FOR COMING

TO MY LITTLE SOIREE

AH, I DO HOPE THE DANCE

TO BE MERRY

SHE GRINNED HER

EXPRESSIVE DARK EYES

SLIDING OVER HER

SHE FELT A SLIGHT UNEASINESS

IN A STRANGE AWKWARD MOMENT

WONDERING IF HER HOSTESS

WEREN'T MORE FAMILIAR

WITH HER COUSIN THAN WITH HER

HOWEVER SHE QUICKLY DISMISSED

THE THOUGHT

KNOWING HER COUSIN WAS

VERY MUCH IN LOVE

THE PERFECT COUPLE

THAT NOTHING COULD EVER SEPARATE

THESE LOVE BIRDS

OR SO SHE THOUGHT

CONTESSA SAID THE BUFFET

IS UPSTAIRS

THE CHAMPAGNE IS HERE

REACHING OUT

TAKING TWO GLASSES

SHE HANDED HER ONE

OH JUST LOOK OUT THERE

DANCING, THE DANCING

IS EVERYWHERE

I WONT LEAVE YOU ALONE

ALL NIGHT I PROMISE

HE SAID I HAVE A FEW

ASSOCIATES TO CHAT

WITH AS WE TROTTED OFF

SHE SAID YOU KNOW PEOPLE

HERE?

NO NOT REALLY

YET IT DOESN'T MATTER

I CAME FOR YOU ANYHOW

MY DEAR

DOES HE KNOW

SHE SAID NO I DON'T THINK HE

HAS EVEN A CLUE

ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?

OH YES

HE IS SO INTO HIMSELF

AND WHAT HE WANTS

TO EVEN NOTICE

SHE WAS WALKING AROUND

THE BUFFET TABLE

LOOKING AROUND AT ALL THE

COSTUMES

HERE THEY WERE EVEN

MORE BRILLIANT

THAN THOSE OFF THE STREET

IN THIS TIME

YOU CAN SEE SO MANY

SPARKLES AND COLORS

THOUGH THE MAIN ONES

ARE PURPLE, GOLD AND GREEN

THESE ARE ELEGANT AND

EXTRAVAGANT

COSTING THOUSANDS TO

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

DOLLARS

SHE THOUGHT TO HERSELF

OH I FEEL SO UNDERDRESSED

IN MY SEQUINS, FAUX JEWELS,

AND VELVET

OH TOO MANY WOMEN WERE

IN REAL GEMS

ON ONE MEDIEVAL DRESS

SHE COULD SEE THE SPARKLES

OF DOZENS OF REAL EMERALDS

SHE SAID COUSIN GO

DO YOUR HOB NOBBIN'

REALIZE IF I FIND ANYONE

HERE I'LL MAKE SURE

THEY ARE ALL RICH ENOUGH

TO BE THAT PATRON

YOU SO ARE SEARCHING

FOR TO SUPPORT OUR WORK

YOU TWO ARE SO SWEET

TOGETHER

NOW GO I WILL BE FINE

CONTESSA SAID ITS STILL YOUNG

TONIGHT YOU NEVER KNOW

MY DEAR

JUST WHO YOU MAY FIND

HOWEVER WATCH OUT

FOR THE RATS AND THE WOLVES

THEY ARE ALL HERE

YOU CAN SMELL THE GREED FLOWING

ITS CLIMBING HIGH

"I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND."

HER COUSIN AND HER BEAU

WALKED AWAY

HER FRIEND THE CONTESSA

WENT BACK TO GREETING

SAYING IF YOU FIND ONE

CERTAIN WOLF WE BOTH KNOW

TELL HIM TO KEEL OFF IMMEDIATELY

AND LEAVE YOU WITH ONE OF

HIS FILTHY RICH FELLOWS

SHE SMILED A SMIRK

OF YEAH RIGHT OK WHATEVER

CONTESSA SAID

REALIZE I CONSIDER YOU

RICHER IN YOUR OWN RIGHT

BEYOND THREE QUARTERS OF ALL

IN THIS BLOODY BUILDING

TONIGHT

JUST BEWARE

SHE THEN IDLY STOOD BY

THE BUFFET TABLE

NOTICING SHE SEEMED JUST

AS LOST STANDING THERE

SHE LOOKED HER OVER

HMMM

A SHORT STOUT WOMAN

WITH WAVING HAIR

LAYING IN CURLS OVER

HER SHOULDERS

YET A BRAID DRAWN BACK

FROM HER FOREHEAD

IN CONCESSION WITH HER

RENAISSANCE PANACHE OF A RICH

CRIMSON GOWN WITH A

BROCADE OF FLOWERED BLACK

UNDERNEATH

OTHERS HERE MIGHT BE

MORE RICHLY DECKED

HOWEVER NONE WORE A

COSTUME WITH SUCH

A NATURAL ELEGANCE

SHE CARRIED A SIMPLE MASK

A SILVER AND GOLD

CREATION ON A WAND

SHE WATCHED HER PULL IT AWAY

FROM HER EYES

TO SIPP HER CHAMPAGNE

AND TRY TO WORK OUT HOW

TO HOLD HER MASK

DRINK A SIPP

AND TASTE A PIECE OF CHEESE

SHE WAS THINKING OF ALL HERE

ONLY ONE WOULD SHE EVEN

TAKE INTO THE NIGHT

WITH HER IF ONLY SHE

HAD THE GUTS TO MAKE THAT MOVE

SHE KNEW FROM THE WOMAN'S

COUSIN THAT THIS MORSEL

WENT IN THE SAME DIRECTION

AND EVEN WITHOUT THAT

KNOWLEDGE THE AURA

OF RADIATING RADAR JUST POURED

FROM HER AS IF TO SAY

SCREAMING COME TAKE ME

RIGHT HERE

SO AS SHE IN THE WHITE STARRED

HE WALKED BACK IN

TO JOIN HER AT THE TABLE

ADDRESSING HER IN THEIR

FAMILIAR LANGUAGE FROM HOME

HER EYES HIT HIS WITH AN INSTANT

PANG OF CERTAIN CONFUSION

HE SWITCHED TO ENGLISH

ITS BEEN A GOOD EVENING

EXCUSE ME FOR BEING SO

IMPERTINENT

HE PAUSED LOWERING HIS HEAD

AND HIS VOICE.

HE SAID LET ME RESCUE

YOU FROM THE APPARENT BOREDOM

FOR YOU ARE JUST

STANDING HERE

SHE LOOKED BACK HER EYES

GLEAMING IN THE BRILLIANT

HUE

WHICH WOULD RIVAL ANY GEM

PRESENT

INSTANTLY SPARKLING

AS A SLOW RUEFUL SMILE

THAT HAD BEEN CURLING ON HER LIPS

FADED

I AM SORRY I CAN'T ACCEPT

YOUR ASSISTANCE

I AM WATCHING OUT FOR MY

FRIEND

SO NO RATS OR WOLVES

SEEK HER OUT THIS DAY

SO GO MINGLE

MORE GO AMUSE THYSELF

AS YOU USUALLY DO

AH, HE SAID SO I SEE

YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON ANOTHER

TO MARK YOUR NOTCH

SHE SNAPPED BACK

NO!

YOU HAVE IT WRONG

JUST GO FIND A NOTCH YOURSELF

AS YOU TEND TO DO THESE DAYS

I AM NOT INTERESTED

HE SAID BUT I KNOW

AS THE NIGHT WINDS DOWN

YOU WILL BE IN MY BED

BEGGING FOR MORE

SO DON'T BE SO BITTER

WITH YOUR WORDS

SHE JUST GAVE HIM A LOOK

THAT WOULD MURDER HIM

IF IT COULD

HE RAISED HIS HANDS SMILING

AS HE WALKED AWAY

SHE TURNED BACK TO SEE HER

FRIEND

YET SHE WASN'T STANDING

THERE ANYMORE

SO SHE SEARCHED THE ROOM

CATCHING A GLIMPSE OF HER

GOWN AS SHE SEEMED

TO BE GOING OFF

INTO THE BALCONY

THEN IN A MOMENT

HE SMILED DEEPENING TAKING

HER MASK SAYING LET ME

HOLD THAT FOR YOU

SHE SWALLOWED HER CHAMPAGNE

FINISHING OFF THE CHEESE

AND NODDED

OK

HE SAID LETS LIVE RECKLESS

HERE ON THE CANALS

SHE JUST NODDED

AS SHE FOUND HERSELF

ON THE DANCE FLOOR IN THE REAR

ON A TERRACE THAT LOOKED

OVER

ANOTHER SECTION OF A CANAL

THE MOONLIGHT

CAPTURED ON THE WATER

CAST CRYSTAL CLEAR

REFLECTIONS OF THE DANCERS.

SHE FLOWED IN THE WALTZ

LIKE ALL THOSE YEARS AGO

SHE GLIDED SHE LAUGHED

THEN SHE STUMBLED AND GRIMACED

SHE SAID YOU ARE A BIT TALL

HE SAID WELL YOU ARE A BIT

SMALL LOOKING DOWN AT HER

BUT WE WILL MANAGE

SHE SAID SO WHO ARE YOU?

A RAT OR A WOLF?

HE LAUGHED I DON'T KNOW

WHICH DO YOU PREFER

THE WOLF I HOPE

SHE JUST LOOKED AT HIM

WELL YOU KNOW YOUR DEAR

SHE IS HOLDING A WONDERFUL

DANCE BALL THIS MARDI GRAS DAY

HE SMILED SHE ALWAYS DOES

HE SAID WELL ITS

JUST THE WAY WE ARE

ALL WITH THERE CLEAR MARKS

OF THIS OR THAT

YOU KNOW ME I AM HARMLESS

SHE SMILED

YEAH I GUESS

YET UNDERNEATH SHE SENSED

THERE WAS SOMETHING NOT RIGHT

HE WAS MORE TENSE THAN

NORMAL

SHE SAID ITS OK AND THEY

DANCED A FEW

SHE STOOD THERE AT THE

DOORWAY WATCHING THEM DANCE

SAYING YOU SLICK JERK

YOU THINK YOU CAN TAKE HER

FROM ME

OH THAT IS SWIFT

BUT I WILL GET TO YOU

AND MAKE YOU WISH YOU DIDN'T DO

THAT THIS NIGHT

LATER OH YEAH LATER

SHE NOW HAD A SMILE

SO WIDE THAT IT COULDN'T BE

HIDDEN FROM HER RIM

OF HER GLASS JUST

BARELY TOUCHING HER LIPS

WHEN THE SONG WINDED

DOWN

AND SHE SAID THANKS FOR

THE DANCE

HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR OTHER

HALF

SHE HAS TO BE BUSY HE SAID

SHE SAID MAYBE

BUT I WANT TO TELL HER

SOMETHING THAT HAS

BEEN ON MY MIND ALL NIGHT LONG

HE SAID WELL OK

NO BIG DEAL

I SEE YOUR COUSIN AND BEAU

IS HAVING A GOOD TIME

I WILL GO CHAT WITH THEM

SHE SAID THANKS

SMILING MAYBE ANOTHER DANCE

LATER HE SAID CERTAINLY

SHE SAW HER CHATTING

WITH THE ONE IN THE EMERALD DRESS

SO SHE WALKED UP BEHIND HER

TAPPING HER ON THE SHOULDER

MAY I HAVE A WORD

SHE SAID OH ITS YOU YES

MY DEAR AND THE OTHER LADY

WALKED AWAY

SHE SAID WE WERE FINISHED

ANYHOW

WHAT IS IT? YOU ARE ENJOYING YOURSELF

I DO HOPE

WELL THAT IS JUST IT

I SHOULD BE MINGLING AND CHATTING

SO WITH OTHERS MAKING

FRIENDS BUT FOR SOME REASON

I JUST FEEL SO OUT CLASSED

SHE SAID OH THAT IS NOT THE CASE

BELIEVE ME THAT IS NOT THE CASE