Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fallen Angel

The glass shattered on the cobbles, sending shards several feet in all directions. Among the puddle of water and clumps of glitter, a plastic angel still attached to its stand glared out at Meinwen. The flow of pedestrians in the crowded market place moved around them like a lump of concrete on a motorway.

"Damn," she said, squatting to retrieve the pieces before someone cut themselves.

"That's bad luck," said Winston, stooping to help.

"Too right it is." Meinwen gathered up the larger bits. "That's twenty quid down the drain. Ouch!" She pulled a sliver of glass from her finger and blood welled out, several droplets falling onto the cobbled and the plastic figure. She sucked at it.

"No, I mean it's bad luck like a black cat on a ladder." Winston stood and scraped up several shards with the toe of his boot. "It's a portent of disaster. A harbinger of evil approaching."

Meinwen looked up at him. "Broken snow globes in general or just ones with angels in them?"

"Broken statues of angels covered in blood, in particular."

"Ah," Meinwen stood up and dusted herself off. "Good job I don't believe in all that guff then."

Winston frowned. "How can you not? You run a shop that sells all kinds of divination equipment. Crystal balls and tarot cards and I-Ching sets."

"Exactly," said Meinwen. "So if I followed all the portents as well, I'd never survive Blackie crossing the kitchen to get to his cat dish."


Debs said...

I can never remember if a cat crossing your path is good luck or bad.

Loved the post and congratulations on finishing your novel.

martha said...

Go Meinwen - You have to draw the line somewhere. I'd be worried about the broken snow-angel myself, though

Leatherdykeuk said...

Debs - Thank you. It's all a bit of fun, really, writing. Luck follows the cat: left to right good, right to left bad.

Martha - thank you. I tend to agree with Meinwen.

aims said...

There are so many - and so many that are the complete opposite of the same thing - what is one to believe?

However - this sounds.......(knowing you)

Leatherdykeuk said...

Thank you Aims

Anonymous said...

broken angels covered in blood and black cats, sounds like a good mystery.. :)

Leatherdykeuk said...

It does indeed!

stephanie said...

Excellent point! She reminds me much at times of my own Lucie.

Leatherdykeuk said...

For a witch wannabe, she's quite pragmatic.