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I hope this note finds everyone doing well.

Several of you have inquired if I will be posting a new set of excerpts and the answer is yes. However, due to more demands from the paying job and the task of living life, my target date of March must be set back. I do apologize.

I wish for all of us a swift transition from winter to spring and I cannot wait to see my lovely roses in bloom once again. Happy posting everyone and keep up the fantastic work!

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As 2015 retires and 2016 is born, fireworks will sing as champagne glasses ring. Please be safe as you celebrate, whether alone or on a date. Share positive energy of love and smiles as you look to the future and untraveled miles.

I wish for you all, happiness and joy in this sparkling New Year!

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 597) Wondering

Slowing his pace, Stephen steps up next to the open door but refrains from touching the handle at first. The heavy darkness behind the frame seems to be peering out at him as he reaches up to push the door closed. It is at this time, with his hand extended, as he gets closer to the doorway to the basement, he hears a faint, yet familiar low raspy laugh.

Stephen pauses for a moment, wondering if what he just heard actually happened. He thinks to himself, “Am I simply remembering the sordid past due to the events that happened in the basement?” With the door slightly cracked open, he wonders if the scent of the moist earthen floor merely triggered a memory.

Very gently, in a slow fluid motion with his foot, he pushes the door shut until it clicks. For several minutes, he stares at the frame and wood with its thick inlaid iron design and heavy bolted hinges. He salts the other half of the egg he has already taken a bite out of, plops it into his mouth and chews it up as he watches the handle of the door for movement.

Standing there for several more minutes, thinking and wondering what it is he heard coming from the basement steps, Stephen slowly salts the remaining egg. He then tips the shaker onto its side, loosens the lid, and empties the entire contents in a line at the base of the basement door. Pulling his ring of keys out of his pocket, he inserts the old ornate key into the door, turning it until he hears the lock click. Without pausing any further, he quietly continues down the hall to his study.

~The End

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 596) A Bit Of Banter

“Mind if I pilfer two hardboiled eggs for breakfast?” Stephen asks the cook who is standing nearby.

“I always prepare more for that very reason.” The man says with a smile, and a nod yes, as he wipes his hands on a towel.

“Great, thank you.” Stephen says to the cook then turns to Zsofia and rests his head on her shoulder. “I’m heading to the study to balance last month’s records, I will see you later.” He teases as if what he was telling her was a secret and neither can help but grin at their silliness.

As Stephen passes the small table of kitchen supplies, he takes the shaker of salt with him and lightly dusts one of the eggs before biting a large chunk out of it. As he steps into the hall, he says hello to a bellhop and the two swap a bit of banter. Still laughing from the exchange, he turns to continue down the west hall toward the study when he notices the door to the basement is slightly ajar.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 595) Accomplishment

Never in his wildest dreams did Stephen think the renovation of the old structure would be this successful. The manor is bustling with guests, and music from atop the fourth floor drifts lightly on the air to individuals strolling through the gardens and grounds in the mid-morning sun.

The renewal of the manor is one accomplishment he is very proud of, but the greatest thing to him, is finding the beautiful person he connects with unlike anyone he has ever met. Never in his lifetime did he think he would find someone to love as much as he does Zsofia.

From the mudroom, just off from the kitchen, Laszlo and Klara stand just outside the half-door. Every morning, after taking a leisurely early morning stroll, they stop by the manor. Waiting for them next to the door is a plate with two muffins and next to it, a cup of coffee and a cup of tea. They stay only long enough to say good morning to whomever may be in the kitchen at the time, and then go on about their way.

Without much conversation, and an all-knowing flirty glance between them, the two elders gather their breakfast and wave goodbye as they exit. Watching out the kitchen window, Zsofia laughs as she comments on how happy her grandfather appears to be as the elderly couple, hand in hand, amble toward the woods to Laszlo’s house. Klara’s stature seems to be less weighted and bent and Laszlo has a lighter step these days for the two are rarely ever seen apart.

“It took them awhile, but they both found happiness.” She says as she dips a mixing bowl into a sink of soapy water.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 594) Laughter

Zsofia enters the kitchen in a lighthearted way as she begins to assist the cook with several large and small trays of food. The smaller sets are sitting in neat rows for delivery to individual guests rooms, while the larger trays are adorned for the breakfast buffet in the main dining room.

“We are booked full, Ma’am.” A young man says as he taps on the door frame of the kitchen.

He is wearing black pants, a white shirt, burgundy vest and a thin black tie. His shoes are shiny and clean and his hair neatly combed. He quickly turns away and Zsofia watches as he smiles at someone coming down the hall. Soon, Tamas is in view and she observes her brother, and this man of about his age, partake in a handshake known only to them.

Laughing aloud, Stephen joins them in a three-way rendition but since he does not know it, the end effect is quite different and comical to say the least. At this point, everyone in view is breaking into laughter at such a haphazard cluster of befuddlement.

“You men are crazy.” Zsofia says as she dips muffin batter into pans for baking. “But at least you gave it your all.” She grins as Stephen enters the room.

“I have no idea what you are referring to, that handshake was a display of perfection.” He laughs as he wraps his arms around Zsofia, causing her to stop stirring the sweet mix. She sets the spoon down and turns around in his arms.

“Good morning, again.” Stephen says as he kisses her gently.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 593) Magical Setting

Downstairs in the main entry hall, a woman is dusting the banister railing while another is dust mopping the beautiful shiny floors. Fresh flowers adorn a table near the main door and coming down the west hall from the kitchen, a short thin man is pushing a potting cart. He stops at the entrance to the conservatory where he carefully slides the door open in a methodical way, and pulls the cart inside, attempting to be as quiet as possible.

The tall glass garden is overflowing with flowering plants and shrubs along with ornate sculptures made of copper and colored concrete. The many suspended walkways are secure and supported showing off their firmly scrubbed surfaces, which are now free of dust and debris. The tallest trees are trimmed and the ornamental plantings reshaped and manicured perfectly creating a magical setting for easy strolls and gentle conversations.

Inside the contained garden, several individuals are bustling about, one sweeping the twisting curving walkways free of any mulch and dirt, while another is feeding fish in the largest pond near the gently flowing waterfall. As the sun drifts higher, bright light begins to filter in through the many glass angles of the structure creating a prism of light to paint the wall on the western side.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 592) Majestic

As time moves on and months pass, many things have changed at the manor. The restoration is near completion as the structure returns to its once beautiful majestic expression. Stephen’s vision of a country hideaway for travelers has come to fruition as the workers of the manor begin their daily routines to keep guests happy and healthy during their stay.

The sun is just rising over the manicured and neatly designed garden that encompasses the eastern portion of the landscape. Stephen and Zsofia lie in bed, holding each other lovingly, and happily, as the golden rays of the morning begin to peek into the window of their bedroom. The building is so sound and study, they cannot hear the bustle of patrons hurrying down the hall to catch the sunrise from the eastern verandas and sitting areas.

“It’s amazing that one year ago, we were just starting the renovations.” Zsofia’s smile is wide as she leans up on one arm to get a better look at Stephen’s face.

Smiling back at her, he confidently pulls her to him, kissing her on the neck as she begins to giggle. Together they playfully continue their conversation as they begin their day, just as they have many days before it, with ease and contentment. Stephen no longer relies on a bottle of pills to get him through for his world is brighter and more organized than it has ever been before.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 591) Weak Eyes

The bottomless cavern grows quiet with the exception of water running over the cliff as it follows the path taken by the Guta. Held in Laszlo’s arms, Klara stirs and feels for the rope that nearly pulled her to her death. Gently they remove the rope from her neck and slowly she turns to look at Stephen.

“You cut it?” The old woman asks in a weak and almost nonexistent voice.

“I did, you were tangled with that. . . that thing” Laszlo says as he takes the soaked item from her hand and with weak eyes, she looks at him and says nothing.

Lighting only a small portion of the deep dark cave is the dim yet steady glow of the flashlight. The cavernous hole where the Guta fell appears never-ending and colossal. Zsofia and Tamas hold each other as they look down at the scene while breathing a sigh of relief that everyone has survived. Though injured, in need of rest and a plan to escape the massive cave, they are alive nonetheless.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 590) Decaying Rope

With the locket of the woman he once loved in his hand, Laszlo rises up from his position on the edge of the cliff as he denounces her name.

“I hate you for what you did and your photograph means nothing to me now!” Laszlo yells as he presses the Turul Amulet onto the monster’s back.

The item steams and burns deep into the red tinted skin of the beast. The Guta lets out a scream and thrashes around as it reacts to what Laszlo has done as the old man hobbles backward to avoid being attacked. Until the beast turns, the old man is unaware of Klara’s entrapment to it. Looking on in horror, he sees her flaccid body being pulled and trampled upon as the creature attempts to remove the locket from its burning skin.

Now panic-stricken, Laszlo grabs for Klara but the forceful pull from the Guta is far too strong and she slips away from him with ease. As the beast moves rapidly in a haphazard motion and a crisscrossed manner, the old man pulls a knife from his pocket and slices through the old decaying rope, cutting Klara free. She is limp and muddy and her clothes torn and tattered but she is breathing, barely.

Whipping violently and screeching with deafening sounds, the creature from the underworld steps back as it spins round scratching at the locket that has now sealed to its skin. With a beastly howl and thunderous pounding, the creature plummets over the edge of the cliff, falling into the deep black abyss with no sound of a landing or an end.

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