#SedStuds: Ardent Fire #7


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This is a continuation of a new scene from my Renaissance Era romantic suspense/mystery. Morello and Benedetto are trying to escape the summer’s heat by the river with the apprentices and journeymen from the workshop, and the local villagers.


He did. He had to swallow hard at the lump in his throat that rose when his hungry glance fell on Benedetto’s perfection. Waist deep in the water, he stood as still as a sculpture, chin up in defiance of his own mysterious fear. “Ulp,” was all Morello could say. His glance hungrily crawled over Benedetto’s muscular torso, though he was pale, the sun gilding the golden hair on his chest that led to a sparkling trail to his—Morello withdrew his gaze swiftly and brought it back at Benedetto’s face.

Amusement danced in Benedetto’s lapis blue eyes.

Morello cleared his throat and made himself look past the young man, over his shoulder and to the place where his clothes lay. “To begin. You must learn to walk before you can run. Thus you must learn to float before you can swim.”

Benedetto nodded, appearing to swallow down his fear, and now his gaze lingered here  and there on Morello…



How fun is this? I thought the guy in the picture looked familiar, and when I went looking for the photo credit, I found this is a site where the artist re-imagines celebrities in renaissance paintings. So if this guy looks like Orlando Bloom, it’s because he is Orlando Bloom 😀


4 thoughts on “#SedStuds: Ardent Fire #7

  1. Alexis Duran January 2, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Sweet. And they can use Orlando as the model for all the paintings, as far as I’m concerned.


  2. amyraenbow January 3, 2016 / 4:32 am

    This is lovely (as always!). I love the colours here–the gold and blue make me think of renaissance art.


    • velvetpanic January 4, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks–let’s hope my editor likes it 🙂


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