Famine #50: Just a Dream

Hola, Weekend Writing Warriors, friends, and followers! It’s my anniversary weekend. Mr. Pierce and I have been married for seventeen years. (At least one of us deserves sainthood for that.) So I may be lax on making the WeWriWa rounds today.

I wanted to post this little snippet as a counterpoint to Bartholomew’s harsh words for Matilde last week. This follows a few pages after that confrontation. Bartholomew has learned that a disturbing dream had roused Matilde from bed and sent her searching through the books in his study.


737px-Gustave_Dore_Inferno_Canto_21Matilde suddenly threw her arms around his waist and pressed her face to his chest. “Please don’t die.”

For a heartbeat, Bartholomew looked down at his ward then he wrapped his arms around her and murmured, “It was just a dream, ma chérie.”

She nodded against him. “It felt so real, and so awful.”

“Just a dream.” He caught her shoulders, eased her back, and leaned down to look into her eyes. “I’m fighting fit, Matilde, and too stubborn to die.”


Okay, so the truth of that last sentence is a bit complicated, but she can find that out later. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments. You guys, as always, are awesome. And please remember to check out the other WeWraWri participating blogs here.


  • …. this brings back memories of night terrors when I was younger. Nice to see another side of Bartholomew : )

  • Aw, that was really sweet. Lovely. And have a great weekend, Monica. Congrats.

  • She was obviously really frightened. I loved the kind way Bartholomew handled the situation. You have me intrigued.

  • Sweet post. Happy anniversary!

  • This tidbit shows so much about Matilde and I love what he says to her at the end.

    Another excellent job, Monica. Congratulations to you and Mr. Pierce. 🙂

  • Oh this is an excellent counterpoint to last week! I love the way he reassures her, terrific snippet. and Happy anniversary!

  • Happy anniversary to you and Mr. Pierce!

    Lovely eight. He can be quite tender at times.

  • daezarkian

    So much emotion is conveyed in such a short scene. Nicely done as ever, Monica!

  • Talk about packing a lot into eight short sentences! Nicely done, and have a wonderful anniversary!

  • 17 years is just the beginning. Always remember marriage is one long conversation.
    Good eight, my friend.

  • Happy Anniversary. I hope you do something nice.

  • Really nice emotion between them. What is it she will find out? Can’t wait. 🙂
    Happy Anniversary!!!

  • Great excerpt.
    “so the truth of that last sentence is a bit complicated, but she can find that out later.” — I want to know as well. 🙂
    And, Happy Anniversary.

  • It is nice to see a softer side of Bartholomew. 🙂 Congratulations on your anniversary! Hope you’re having a wonderful celebration.

  • Aww… he DOES have a softer side. And your comment at the end made me very curious about “the truth in that last line.”

  • historysleuth1

    I’d like to know what he meant by that last line, myself.
    History Sleuth’s Writing mysteries.

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