Diamond GothicDiamond Gothic – Chapter 1Diamond Gothic

Part I

“1929 and Bleeding”

By:  Bethany Joy Galeotti

Fireflies light up the cobblestone road as, here and there, the roar of a Dodge or Ford clamors its way up or down the lane.  One grows accustomed to the muggy, breathless evenings of the South.  The rabid mosquitoes swarm, the scent of magnolias is dizzying.  The Spanish moss, which in the sunlight is an ethereal charm, now hangs, looming in the bug-lit night and hiding war-torn ghosts in its shadows.

The Cape Fear River laps up against the rotten wood and stone below the backyard gardens of No. 21 Ann Street.   In the distance there is a delicious murmur of some gay affair– music, chatter and the occasional, irritating laughter of that one inevitable party guest who is three sheets to the wind and determined to capture the attention of the crowd.  If you were to have peeked your little face over that rotten wood and stone, you would have seen this very thing.

And, if you had known what you were looking for amidst this blithe flock, you would also have seen the subtle exchange of a note, from the hand of an overweening young man holding a match, to the end of gold-lacquered fingernails clutching the cigarette in play, and belonging to a young, brunette female.  Her eyes are all fire and wit, her skin is porcelain and powdered, her red lips stretch around a crooked and coquettish smile; her hair is, her dress is, her shoes are everything they ought to be for a vogue of 1929.  She is the clear belle of the ball, and he –her swaggering, cigarette-lighting young man–, is one of many admirers this evening, but the only one enterprising enough to approach.

Our couple share a impassioned glance as those long, gold fingers curl around the little page in her palm.  And as she tucks the note into the strap of her gown, a new hand, attached to a Mr. Hayworth, slides around her waist.  She breaks her gaze with our vain young man, and her eyes shift into a new personality all together; she is now the doting bride, demure and gracious, innocent in all her charms, and wholly focused on the man who is pulling her close to his side and saying to a stout and gawking couple, “I’d like to introduce you to my wife…”

And it is for this reason that in a few short hours, Annabell Hayworth will be lying still on a marble floor with a bullet in her stomach, and blood draining all over that expensive, pretty little gown.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1685666814 Brianna Rubeck

    wow this is sooo awesome !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=726404373 Stéphanie Marie

    Awesome !! I really love this first chapter, & I can’t wait for the next … :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000599425860 Coralie Mariage

    Great first chapter!!!! Really want to makes us read more!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000599425860 Coralie Mariage

    Great first chapter!!!! Really makes us want to read more!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573516286 Jyoti Mistry

    This is a fabulous first chapter, it’s certainly made me eager to read more! I have so many questions, and can’t wait to find out the answers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003010982548 Mandee Newgent

    Awesome! Can’t wait for chapter 2!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001618044345 Fan BJoy Galeotti TeamBjg

    Hey Ladies !
    First of all I want to say Congratulations to Bethany Joy Galeotti for this fabulous first chapter !
    The first chapter is really amazing, it was really good to read ! The description of the place and of the characters are very well written ! I like the vocabulary employed, it was a little bit hard to understand because I’m french so I know just the basic vocabulary, but it was really great ! Joy employed beautiful words and I think it gave charm to the reading ! And the final of the chapter is just incredible ! It ends with suspense and I find that really because at the moment I have a lot of question on my mind like How that happened ? Why ? Who shot Annabell Hayworth ? …
    I really love the first chapter, it was really great to read ! Bethany Joy Galeotti you wrote an incredible first chapter ! You are an incredible writer like you show us with your poem ‘Women of Legend’ !
    Now I can’t wait to discover the second chapter, I can’t wait to have the answers to my questions … and I can’t wait to see the work of the two others authoresses ;)
    Thank you ladies for this amazing first chapter, I can’t wait to read more and I think Diamond Gothic gonna be a fabulous novel ;)
    Xoxo, Emeline from France
    @FanBJoyGaleotti on Twitter !

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.plante Mélissa Plante

    Really great chapter. Can’t wait for more next week!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=548173208 Roberta Russo

    Beautiful chapter…I love it <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/tamesia.willis Tamesia Willis

    great start/chapter can’t wait to see where this story will go(its already a tease, lol). good job ladies :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003240974618 CW Série Coeur

    Great first chapter!!!! Really makes us want to read more! Realy Awesome! Can’t wait for chapter 2!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002451550623 Lyndsey Smeltzer

    Fantastic! Very intriguing and I can’t wait to hear who shot Annabell Hayworth? (And why of course) : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.bicknese Sarah Bicknese

    Great first chapter! Can’t wait to read more!!

    • Anonymous

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731041383 Laetitia Di Monte

    Loooooooved it!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/neereis Vanessa Reis

    Great description, I could imagine every detail I could get into the scene and live in 1929 too! Congratulations, girls! Kisses from Brazil!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaryWielewski Maryane Wielewski

    I’m already addicted in this novel, congrats girls, this first chapter is awesome, I fell in love.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003123091038 Haley James Scott Bjg

    I love it soo much <3 it's AMAZING!! Great first chapter!! I can't waint the next!

  • Anonymous

    Love It!! :) Keep it up girls

  • http://www.facebook.com/elledani Dani Mings

    Inspiring. Great work Bethany Joy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/zlusty Zara Lusty

    Hi Ladies

    This stories sounds amazing, I’m really excited to get reading more of it. Joy you did a great job with thw first chapter :)

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