Famine #51: The Oldest Profession (WeWriWa)

Howdy, friends. Thanks for dropping by for another Weekend Writing Warriors eight sentences from Famine.

We’ve seen Bartholomew be harsh, and we’ve seen him be tender. How about we give him a pleasant interlude this time? (Iona is what Seattle historically, and euphemistically, referred to as a seamstress.)


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This work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less.

His fingers bumped over the boning, the silk and ribbons, caught and released the frills and lace that women thought made them alluring. “Très belle.” He pulled her body back against his, and her breath hitched.

Bartholomew wrapped his other arm around Iona and trailed his lips from her shoulder to her neck to her ear. She hesitated then permitted him to capture her lips and turn her to face him. His lips parted and his tongue encouraged hers open. Their tongues touched, stroked, but when she tried to speed his leisurely pace, he slowed her.

“Non, I wish to enjoy your pleasure,” he said against her lips, and she exhaled into his mouth.


See? I’m not always putting him through the wringer. (Okay, okay, just 99% of the time.)


Once again, I encourage you to check out the work of all the other writers who are participating in this week’s WeWriWa hop.


  • Nice…love the description of the corset and the way her clothing is described in his POV as something women THINK make them alluring. 🙂

  • Bartholomew is so different every time I see it. I wonder what he is really after.

  • He’s a mystery and I love your description in this eight. Tres bien.

  • I like seeing this side of him.

  • I like this tender side. Nice 8.

  • daezarkian

    Lovely details!

  • The way he draws her back- that is hot. LOL Thanks for sharing.
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  • siobhanmuir

    I’m glad he’s finally getting some good with all the rough. Good snippet, Monica. 🙂

  • Wonderful #8Sentence. Love description and interaction. Well done.

  • Lovely description there.

  • It’s nice that he gets a break now and then from the hell you put him through. We writers can be a heartless bunch. 😉

  • I’m with Linda – he shows is a different side every time! and I agree with JRose on the details of the clothing! Really an excellent snippet!

  • Nice detail on the clothing – and I like his thoughts about how women only THINK that the corsets and everything make them alluring. I love that we seem to see a different side of Bartholomew every week, too. Who is the real Bartholomew?

  • I’m so sorry I’ve missed you putting him through the wringer… But this snippet is very tender and alluring. Glad I jumped in when I did.

  • historysleuth1

    A tender yet hot snippet. Well done! History Sleuth’s Writing mysteries

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