Deceptive Views

Here is a little scene from my current NaNo, inspired by a picture from the WriYe DreamWidth.  Technically, the picture is of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Still, it fits nicely with the setting of my story.


Puerto Vallarta, MexicoIlya looked up from the file again and then gasped softly. “Look at that view,” he said, his voice soft.

From the angle of the car, the sea beyond was visible. The water was a soft blue-gray that reflected the clouds in the sky. The horizon was edged with orange and pink. All in all, Ilya could feel the promise of a beautiful day. He had to remind himself that this was not a pleasure trip.

“It’s hard to believe that anything bad could happen in a place like this,” Lark said, shaking her head. She looked at Brook, who was still studying the case file. “Oh, do look,” she said.

Brook looked up from the file and nodded. A faint smile touched his lips. “It’s quite lovely,” he said. Then, he gave her a sidelong glance. “I assure you, even in such a beautiful place, terrible things sometimes happen.”

“Some people make a living by preying on unsuspecting tourists,” Samantha said, nodding. She smiled at Lark and shrugged. “Sorry to shatter your illusions.”

Lark chuckled and shook her head. “Don’t worry about it, Carpenter,” she said. She looked over at Ilya, giving him a playful wink. “It’s still nice to pretend that this place is the paradise it seems to be.”

“At least until we’re forced to face the cold truth of reality,” Ilya said, nodding. He looked back down at the file and frowned faintly. Had Swan and Nimo ever suspected that they would meet with life-threatening danger in a place like this?


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