Famine #57: Quiet Before the Storms

Hiya readers and writers. Welcome back for another snippet from Famine for Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. After two weeks of violent posts, I thought we could use a breather. This moment is, quite literally, the quiet before a rainstorm and and a shitstorm.


ByteStudio Photography; Jacob Cartwright

ByteStudio Photography; Jacob Cartwright

“Knowing the Washington Hotel will fall to lunacy is a bitter pill.” As smoke drifted from his lips, the aesir inhaled it through his nostrils. “Then again, history is trampled by progress without fail.”

“No one values the old things, Monsieur,” Matilde remarked as she plucked a blade of grass and sandwiched it between her thumbs.

Bartholomew exhaled a great cloud of smoke. “Indeed.” He stuck the cigarette between his lips and lay back on the blanket, tilted his bowler over his eyes and folded his hands behind his head. Beside him his ward blew gently against her thumbs to make the grass sing as Mrs. Henderson set out the picnic.


Notes: The Washington Hotel was demolished when Seattle’s Denny Hill was flattened. The hotel had hosted President Theodore Roosevelt. More info here. Also note, Matilde has no idea that Bartholomew is over fifteen hundred years old.


I hope you’ll check out the other samples posted for today’s WeWriWa and Snippet Sunday hops. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Wonderful! “Then again, history is trampled by progress without fail.”

    Excellent selection. Monica. Your writing so smooth, so visual, as always 🙂

  • Beautiful imagery l could see them all! Loved the line about the grass singing between thumbs, lovely!

  • daezarkian

    Everything is better with a bowler hat. ;D Terrific stuff, Monica!

  • Well, that was a peaceful scene, but with undertones – excellent excerpt! Loved the details.

  • historysleuth1

    I agree with Teresa. That’s a great line. It’s the kind that stays with you. This is a great story and your writing is wonderful. I know and can see exactly where I am. Well done!

    History Sleuth’s Milk Carton Murders

  • You continue to dazzle with your eloquence and imagination. Thank you.

  • What Teresa said – great line … also what daezarkian said – bowler hats are awesome. Lovely calm snippet with tension stretched beneath. Good job.

  • ldsmith1818

    great piece! I love how visual this is!

  • burnsmillie

    I could see the whole thing…well written!

  • Your writing flows so easily, reading it is like watching a moving. Well done.

  • Splendid Monica -as Veronica said, peaceful with understones! Wonderful to learn the history of the Washington Hotel as well… every day we learn something new 🙂 Thank you for sharing! [Grass blowing is a favorite past time ^^]

  • danitaminnis

    Very interesting snippet. 🙂

  • No one values old things indeed! Poor Bartholomew… Then again, I get the feeling he knows how to make himself valuable, old thing or not! 🙂

  • Excellent Snippet, very descriptive with the cigarette smoke.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, again!