A Brush with Darkness
After making a grisly discovery one night, I needed proof that there was still goodness in the world. I never dreamt it would come to me during my next commission—with a subject whose very name means light...
Yuri was glorious in his otherworldly beauty, surrounded by a bright halo of iridescence, but I detected a fierce darkness lurking underneath the surface. Sketching all night, I could hardly wait to capture his likeness in a painting. For Yuri has stimulated not only my creative urges, but my sexual ones as well.
His very presence infuses me with joy and passion, but what will happen if my patron should discover our trysts? Dependent on his good graces, I can't afford to lose his support. But I fear the time will soon come when I must choose between restoring my family's fortunes and obeying the temptation of the muse before me...
Previously published as Chiaroscuro, newly revised by author.
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Love it. There is clever poetry within the story, and Yuri is a well described beauty...adoration for the golden boy. This is the first novella, I believe, that I've ever gone straight through. Started and finished today. And will be read, at some point, again. Generally, I'm unimpressed and quickly disengaged, but this one is most certainly no disappointment. A reward for time spent, and capable of overriding my tendency toward distraction. May even seek out the original.