Monday, April 27, 2015

Week in Seven Words #253

She's hidden things behind her books - keys to cabinets, necklace pendants, folded letters. She says it's extra protection against casual burglars; they won't rifle through her shelves. But I also suspect it's her romantic streak. She's always wanted the kind of bookcase that would hide a secret, like a door that springs open when you pull out a volume of Donne's poetry.

The book I use as a sledgehammer, to smash obstructions in my mind.

He has always crouched behind a shield. Currently, it's his wife. As long as he's with her, he's protected. No one looks too closely at him.

Strange how the book leaves us both satisfied and empty.

He has in his speech flavors of other countries. He's brimful of anecdotes about bodyguards and bugged hotel rooms, spicy cuisine and off-the-road ruins.

A begonia in a copper-colored pot, and a cup of orange spice tea.

Two months earlier, she was fine. Now she has health problems and a career in tailspin through no fault of her own. She speaks in disbelief about her life.


Brian Joseph said...

Olio is a new word to me. I needed to look it up. I like it and I will try to use it.

The word reversals can be so tragic and disheartening.

HKatz said...

I'm glad you discovered a new word you like :)

And yes, 'reversals' is a tragic and disheartening situation. She's also someone who deserves so much better.

Relyn Lawson said...

I really connect with your covert friend. Since I first read Secret of the Old Clock I have dreamed of secret compartments.

HKatz said...

@ Relyn - secret compartments can tell so many stories :)

The Bookworm said...

I love the idea of covert. With reversals, life is often that way.
Happy Sunday :)

HKatz said...

@ Naida: I hope your Sunday was a happy one too. Yes, life hits people with these reversals. I hope things get better for her soon.