Saturday, March 1, 2008

Excerpt from Rose Quartz

Excerpt from Rose Quartz

Release date March 20

He sat at the prison library scrolling down the computer screen, his dark eyes glazed and feverish. “Yes, yes, yes, I know all that,” he muttered as he scanned the article, reading:

’Legend has it that out of all the mortals on earth five women found favor with the gods:

Olympia a poor widow with children to feed,

Zoe a young queen whose village was razed and plundered and she herself taken as a slave,

Pelagia who had the body of a woman and the mind of a child,

Helen, who lost four of her children to the plague and begged the gods to spare her remaining child,

Sophia whose face was pitted and ravaged by pox.

Moved, the gods created five special amulets in the form of armbands for the women to wear on their forearms.

To Olympia an amulet forged with wealth.

To Zoe an amulet forged with power

To Pelagia an amulet forged with knowledge.

To Helen an amulet forged with healing.


For Sophia they forged a molten gold amulet with a lovely rose quartz at its center flanked with deep blue tourmaline stones then infused it with beauty and creativity.

He clicked on the mouse and flipped to another screen…

“It is believed that tourmaline enhances artistic creativity and the rose quartz beauty. The ancient Japanese believed that quartz was formed from the breath of a white dragon and represented perfection. And what more representative of feminine perfection than the lovely pink of rose quartz?”

He stopped reading and leaned back in his chair trying to quell the unholy laughter bubbling in his throat. Yes, Isabella Tremaine represented perfection. Even in death her features would look like chiseled alabaster.

Death would become her, he thought as the laughter he’d tried to swallow spewed over and echoed in a wild parody of sound through the quiet library.

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