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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Romance Writer's Word of the Day 7/1/07

Today's Romance Writer's Word of the Day is...

Highwayman.

Highwayman [hie-wae-man] is a noun meaning "a man who robs travelers along public roads (highways)." The term shows up in the middle of the 16oo's, although men of this ilk existed long before, lying in wait near the junction of the tamewood and wildwood (and deeper still into the wild). Sometimes they rode in on horses, sometimes they just ambushed individuals on foot. They were some of the early "rogues."

A small sample of what might be done with a highwayman:

"Who are you?" she demanded.

"Truly?" he asked. "Do you really wish to know?"

She nodded, but he read apprehension in her eyes.

He sighed, promising himself to only share what he thought she could handle. Slowly he reached his right hand between his navy blue coat and his perfectly starched white shirt. He knew he looked every part the gentleman. That was what allowed him to succeed. The lies.

He withdrew the hand, cradling a matchlock pistol in it. He laid it on the table before her, his eyes never leaving her own.

She didn't even flinch, just balled her fists and rested them on her hips.

She was made of stronger stuff than he expected. He reached his left hand under his coat and withdrew another gun. He set it on the table beside the first. They were a matched pair.

It was then she realized. She swallowed, blinking at him. "Matching mother of pearl handles..." Her eyes closed and his heart raced in response.

No longer could he read her emotions.

"So you are the one," she whispered. "The legendary highwayman of the Roman Road."


It's raw, but I wanted to play around with it a little tonight. :-)

Have a great one!
~Saoirse

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