Monday, September 23, 2013

Trifecta entry ~ Animal

It's time for another Trifecta and I'm joining in again. Click here for participants.

Here's how it works: Submit a writing between 33 and 333 word using this week’s one-word prompt, Animal (noun).  It must use the following definition:

3: a human being considered chiefly as physical or nonrational; also: this nature

I have such a use in Loving Leonardo -- my Victorian polyamorous romance with a touch of reader-interactive art history. I give you a dinner conversation aboard an ocean liner in 333 words.

Ellie’s eyes lit. “May I ask then Mr. Franco, what is it you find so interesting about Leonardo da Vinci to spur a personal pursuit?”

He gave her a genuine smile that crinkled the corners of his eyes. It was a very handsome smile indeed.

“Da Vinci was a universal genius.”

Reaching for the buttered peas, Mrs. Ormont repeated dully, “A universal genius? My goodness.”

The Colonel followed, “I say dear fellow, what is that title, exactly? Never heard of such a thing.”

Even the blind could see that Luca Franco possessed an innate animal magnetism, but when he smiled the world tilted on its axis. My gaze went to my wife and knew she concurred by the distinctive tint upon her cheeks — the sexual tint I’d so recently come to recognize. I couldn’t help but wonder what brewed in her mind. As for myself, I harbored an undeniable attraction for the both of them. It was all I could do to keep the stallion of my imagination in the paddock.

Luca explained, “Da Vinci wasn’t simply an artist. His range of accomplished study went far beyond producing memorable artworks. He was an inventor and a scientist who never developed his ideas systematically, because he didn’t need to. He intuited their success, because he simply understood processes.”

Brooks wiped the crumbs from his curled mustache, “How’s that?”

“If one already knows it’s been proven that lead melts at a lower temperature than iron, one needn’t employ a bellows to test it.”

Brooks nodded like a walrus. “Makes sense, makes sense. That would be useful knowledge, eh?”

“Precisely. He understood numerous systems — the series of actions needed to arrive at a particular place in his inventions. This knowledge was implemented whether his inventions remained preliminary sketches or were created. Scholars believe were his drawings implemented today as plans, and those same inventions built, they’d do exactly what he theorized they’d do.”

“Hmm.” Satisfied with the answer, Brooks nodded then busied himself with his meal.


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  1. "Even the blind could see that Luca Franco possessed an innate animal magnetism, but when he smiled the world tilted on its axis." Evocative.

  2. I love the phrase about keeping the stallion of imagination in the paddock. Excellent!

  3. Wow!Loved the word play and hint of double entendre-excellent writing :-)

  4. Thanks everyone. This story surprised me in that it wrote itself -- a case of author possession if ever there was. I wish I knew who was piloting that ship!

  5. Interesting snippet. I definitely felt that the setting and time period were presented well in description and dialogue. It was a bit hard to follow with all of the different characters. A fun read, though.

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