It’s been quite a while since I’ve done an outtake from one of my books, hasn’t it? Don’t worry; I am about to remedy that immediately. The one in this post is from my YA paranormal romance, House of Cards. Here’s a quick blurb to get you up to speed:
“Teenage tarot-reader Sherry is excited to explore Paris—until she’s kidnapped by vampires. They take her to the House of Cadamon: their lair beneath the city. Sherry’s only hope of escape is a kindhearted vampire named Lucas with whom she falls in love. The situation becomes even more dire when one terrible fortune by Sherry comes true, resulting in another vampire’s quest for vengeance.”
Why this was cut from my YA paranormal romance
On the advice of my betas, I cut part of the scene where my main character and her love interest visit the Louvre (arguably the most famous museum in Paris). Other sections of their visit are still in the book, but the betas felt too much time spent there dragged down the novel’s pace. Still, I think it gives you a good idea of the chemistry between the characters–plus, half-naked statues!
Vampire and teenager visit the museum
Lucas said he hadn’t come to see anything in particular at the museum, and asked Sherry if there were specific parts of it she’d like to explore. Since they were almost near the Richelieu Wing, Sherry said she’d just as soon venture in there.
She stood in amazement at the Napoleon III Apartments. The grandness of the furniture, lighting, and all manner of antiques almost made her gasp. It was a somewhat larger version of the sumptuousness enjoyed by the House of Cadamon. Still, it gave her pause to think how almost-royalty enjoyed such daily splendor, while the majority of French citizens at that time could only envision such a life in their dreams. Had so much changed in almost two hundred years? Or was the fate of humankind still mostly the same?
They walked on until they caught sight of a statue Sherry recognized immediately.
“Oh—I know that one!” she cried, a little too loudly. Oh well. What was the difference if she was too loud? It wasn’t as if anyone was around to hear them.
“Yes, of course. The Nike of Samothrace is quite famous,” replied Lucas. “Pasted on postcards and shower curtains the world over. She is also colloquially known as ‘Winged Victory.’”
The statute was indeed unmistakable. It showed the figure of a woman, or at least it seemed to be a woman—it was difficult to tell, since she had no head. Angel’s wings spread above her shoulders on either side. The toga-like cloth draped loosely around her revealed an outline of small breasts and well-muscled legs. Her arms might have been beautiful as well, but it was hard to say. They’d been cut off, same as the head.
Sherry couldn’t figure out why she had missed it on her last visit to the Louvre. Probably too busy trying to squeeze in a peek at all the other priceless treasures it held.
“What happened to her body?” she asked Lucas. “Do you know?”
“I assume you’re referring to the missing head and limbs? No one really knows. Some historians think it was vandals. Or an accident. Others say those parts of the statue were eroded by time, although I don’t see how that’s possible. The rest of it is gorgeously intact, if I do say so myself.”
Sherry felt a twinge of jealousy when he called Nike “gorgeous.” Perhaps he was just referring to her as a work of art, not alluding to the kind of woman he liked. It was silly to feel envious of an inanimate object, but there was no way she was ever going to have abs like that. They definitely looked rock-hard, and not just because they were made of marble.
“All in all, I’d say it was either vandals, or political protest,” Lucas continued. “Various groups in or out of power at the time might have been trying to make a statement by depriving this lovely lady of her body parts.” He glanced down at Sherry. “Glad to see that some other lovely ladies are still with us, however.” Sherry turned away so he wouldn’t see her face reddening.
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