Who Goes There?
Fascinating, these adventures, this memoir so cleverly disguised with names seemingly strange, yet with character so easily identified by Madeline. After all, she was like a fixture in the house. Always there. Never missing a thing. Her own quarters on the third floor might be modest, in fact spare, but she knew every room in the house, was privy to all the comings and goings – including all the male visitors, no matter how discrete their appearances might seem.
But if this was how her mistress wanted to record her dalliances, so be it. It added to the mystery and made reading them all the more intriguing.
Madeline had just finished straightening the chambers of her mistress, when she realized the book on the nightstand was no novel, nor even a volume of poetry. It was, in fact, a diary. The fact that the cover was well worn, yet Madeline had never seen it before, meant it must have some value to her mistress. Perhaps it normally was kept in the locked cabinet with her jewelry.
The temptation was too great, and Madeline found herself sitting on the edge of the bed, pouring through the pages, drinking in the details of moments of passion she might only wish for herself. Features she instantly recognized were here so intimately described that she envisioned each of those “discreet” visitors.
So enraptured was she by the details before her that she was startled to hear the unmistakable sound of footsteps in the hall outside the bedroom. She dropped swiftly to the floor beside the bed, view of the door blocked from her sight, and hoped it was not her mistress coming her way.
Jane Dougherty’s Microfiction challenge #11: Who goes there? offers a painting by Adriano Cecioni, Interior with a Figure, and the theme Who goes there? The word count here is 279.
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