Damsel in Distress (Excerpt)


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Damsel in Distress (Excerpt)

Damsel in Distress (Excerpt)

by Asta Idonea

She caressed the kirtle. The velvet was soft and sensual beneath her fingertips, the crimson fabric warm to the touch. How she longed to feel it against her naked flesh. The brush of her hand was insufficient; she wanted it to cling to her form, the skirts and long sleeves swaying against her hips and legs as she walked. She raised a sleeve and drew it slowly over her cheek. The sensation was so delightful that she closed her eyes, the better to enjoy the cloth's kiss. How she wished this dress were hers. What joy to possess but a single sumptuous gown.

"Marry, what are you doing?"

The voice was inquisitive rather than angry, but it startled Ser Hemming out of her reveries and sent him hurtling back into his assumed persona. He turned, lowering the kirtle. Heat rose in his cheeks, but he attempted to hide his embarrassment behind a swift, stern answer.

"I came in to check all was well and noticed this gown in a crumpled heap upon the floor. I was folding it away." He frowned. "Thou off'rest thy lady poor service, Jocosa, to leave her raiment in such disarray."

The lie left a bitter taste in his mouth, but it was preferable to the truth, and he knew Jocosa was thick-skinned enough to take the false chastisement in her stride. At times, seeing her boisterous nature, he had wondered if she did not share his predicament, only in reverse; although, nothing would induce him to make trial of his suspicion.

"There was no dress on the ground when last I left the room." Jocosa, not the least bit coyed by the reprimand, pursed her lips and regarded the garment Ser Hemming still held. "Since when does a knight know aught about gowns? Come, give it to me. You'll only fold in creases and ruin the cloth."

Grateful for the opportunity to end the conversation, Ser Hemming thrust the dress into Jocosa's waiting hands and strode toward the door.


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About the Author

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

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