Conquering Venus

Conquering Venus

Collin Kelley

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In the summer of 1995, young American writer Martin Paige agrees to chaperone a group of high school seniors to Paris as a favor to his best friend, teacher Diane Jacobs. Diane hopes Europe will act as a catalyst to lift Martin from his grief following the suicide of his lover, Peter. The trip proves to be so much more...

 
PUBLISHED BY: Vanilla Heart Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-935407-29-4
PUBLICATION DATE: 2009
WORD COUNT: 8300
SEXUAL CONTENT RATING: 2 2
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CATEGORIES: Contemporary, ManLove
KEYWORDS: Paris, mystery, supernatural, France, Americans, Collin Kelley, Vanilla Heart Publishing, suspense, tattoos
 

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COPYRIGHT Collin Kelley/2009

Prologue
The Reflecting Hands

For here there is no place that does not see you.
You must change your life. – Rilke

 

In his dreams he can remember her name. From the shadowy first glimpses when she was peripheral, on the edge of a crowd or morphing into a friend or family member, to the day the plane lifted off from Memphis Airport bound for London and her face and body finally synchronized in mid-flight slumber. Upon waking, her image remains sharp and clear, but her name slips into the ether of his subconscious.


She is older, but stunning, like a French movie star; her mouth down-turned at the corners, dark eyes, hair long and blonde. She has a place now, too, not just random locations in unrelated dreams, but a balcony over a street. She appears, a palm raised in what seems like greeting, until she begins tracing her life line, a delicate finger circling the pad under her thumb, the mound of Venus. I don’t know what you mean, -----, he says with frustration. She smiles and rests her hands on the railing, their whiteness shocking against the black metal, and on the back of her left hand, between the thumb and index finger, is a tattoo of small interlocking crosses. He knows this marking, knows it like the back of his own hand, because in the summer of 1995 as Martin Page stares at himself in the mirror of his London hotel room, he can see the same tattoo inked into his skin – a South American symbol meaning “equal but opposite” – and her name is on the tip of his tongue.

 

 
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