Magpie Tales: Spring Rains

Author: angiem, 03 29th, 2010

I got married at the City Hall on the Wednesday of Easter week.  The air was filled with the fragrance of the lime trees lining the avenue in full blossom, promising a lifetime of conjugal love.  The bountiful spring rain came and went as it pleased all day, beating against the half shuttered windows and bouncing off the cobblestones of the street. In the densely wooded mountains on the outskirts of the city, the creeks were engorged from the melting snow, causing panic in the townfolk that the river would overflow its banks.

I wore an ivory suit made of the finest taffeta, the skirt a good palm width above the knee, and carried a bouquet of Lily of the Valley. My sister had made the suit for me in two days, and it fit me perfectly and made me look as though I had stepped out of the doors of a Parisian fashion house. I was more anxious that the rain would ruin my dress than that it was a bad omen for my marriage. My long dark hair was coiled in braids atop my head, and my eyes were lined with dark kohl. I appeared mysterious and seductive and my new husband could barely take his eyes off me.

After we had signed before the justice of the peace and received the well wishes of our guests, we started toward our new house. The house my groom had made for the two of us was filled with cherry tree branches and blue lilac.

Sometime that night, our first night as husband and wife, the water rose higher and higher, seeping through the foundations and coming in under the door. We didn’t know of its cold presence in the room until it got in bed with us, sending icy fingers between our entwined bodies. We grabbed whatever we could get our hands on and climbed the stairs to the attic. That’s where we spent our Honeymoon, and our first Easter, worrying and watching the waters rise and recede, making love and dreaming of the future.

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61 Responses to “Magpie Tales: Spring Rains”

  1. Tales of Phantasia | ColdSip.com Says:

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  2. christine Says:

    Omgosh, is this true? What a honeymoon! Nice writing I read and wanted to read more.

    Christine

  3. Make Do Style Says:

    You have the best stories! How wonderful xx

    Plus good post yesterday was working so no time to comment.

  4. Mwa Says:

    Over here, rain on your wedding day is considered a GOOD omen.

  5. willow Says:

    Beautiful and haunting. Hope the water was a good omen!

  6. Vicki Lane Says:

    Lovely description and especially nice last line!

  7. Enchanted Oak Says:

    Whether this is a true story or not (and I’m curious about that), it is a marvelous wedding night tale.

  8. Susan Deborah Says:

    What a way to spend the first night. Instances like this make it unforgettable and special, despite the fact that it is anyway special.

    Every rain will remind her of that first night when she was “worrying and watching the waters rise and recede, making love and dreaming of the future.”

    Joy always,
    Susan

  9. Cindy L. Says:

    Very romantic! And happy anniversary to you and your husband!

  10. Susan R. Mills Says:

    That is a great story. I’m sure it wasn’t fun to live it at the time, but what an interesting way to start your marriage.

  11. Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem Says:

    Happy Anniversary for next week. What a wedding night! I have a thing about leaks, floods etc - I’m always worried there is water dripping in the house somewhere - Huzz thinks I a bit paranoid, but I’ve had so many leaks at properties in the past I can’t shake it. Anyhow, I’ve tagged you over at mine with a MeMe. Stop by to see.

  12. amy Says:

    Your writing is so smooth… you really have a talent for creating a vivid mental image … nicely done!

  13. Corinne Says:

    What a beautiful picture of a wedding day. The last paragraph especially kept me wanting more… (as it’s been raining for days here I can see that happening…)

  14. Jennifer Says:

    Nicely written and a lovely, romantic story. You really painted some vivid pictures in my mind!

  15. angiem Says:

    Thanks, everyone! This is a work of fiction and I should have specified that. It’s been pouring here for days now, and I keep dreaming of floods.

  16. Kori Says:

    Are you still married to the same person you were married to then? This is beautiful.

  17. deb @ talk at the table Says:

    okay, I cheated. I read it earlier and waited to see if you’d tell or not.
    I’m relieved it is fiction. But it is fabulous just the same.

    great story telling.

  18. She Writes Says:

    Darn! A work of fiction? I so wanted it to be true! :) But perhaps the real event was better :).

  19. Stephanie Faris Says:

    Awww. So beautifully written. I just noticed you said it was fiction in your comments…I bought every word of it, so good job!

  20. Anya Says:

    Angie, I always enjoy your beautiful writing! This time even more so beacuse today I am celebrating 9 years of being married to my husband. 9 years ago, on the day of my wedding, it was raining hard all day long. it ruined my hair and to make matters worse I managed to get food poisoning. Today I am looking at the window and see rain coming down as hard as the day I got married. I look at it with a smile on my face..:-)
    Well, you are a tall girl and being tall is fantastic! I wear nothing but 4″ platforms just to be able to add extra height to my 5.4 hight. :-))) Wishing you wonderful week!

  21. French Fancy Says:

    Oh Angie - I thought it was true and I was just imagining how gorgeous you would look in that taffeta suit.

    You write ever so well.

  22. Christie Says:

    WOW! I’m in awe of your writing! When is your book being released? I want a signed copy!
    I’m serious, I think you should be published!

  23. Ava Says:

    You mean this isn’t true? I was so hoping it would be!

  24. Nancy C Says:

    I love that passion sometimes means holding on to the one you love when all else is floating away.

  25. Sabine Says:

    Spending your honeymoon in the attic… so romantic (as long as you’ve got something to eat and drink). Beautiful story, Angie.

  26. steviewren Says:

    It sounds like a cozy way to spend a honeymoon….and memorable!

  27. Mama Zen Says:

    This is so romantic!

  28. The Bug Says:

    What a fun story! I wish I could take all such inconveniences in stride…

  29. Jena Says:

    So romantic…… In a way the perfect honeymoon. Nowhere to go, no one to take the attention away. Bliss.

  30. Allegra Smith Says:

    Very sweet, romantic and sexy. All in one beautifully wrapped elegant package.

    Thank you for coming today, I am feeling a bit better, the fever has gone down and the piggy must be tired of fighting with me, so I hope it goes away sooner than later. We must get together once this nonsense is over.

    I told SJ that when she comes to town the two of you should come to visit after Church or whenever. Looking forward to that. Take care of yourself and keep on writing.

  31. Ange Says:

    What can I say? Mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux ;-)!!! Formidable ma chérie.

  32. Pete Says:

    Fact or fiction, its still a great piece of writing!

  33. Jeanne Says:

    Beautiful Ange…this is what movies are made on, wonderful memories such as that!
    Jeanne:)

  34. Kary Gonyer Says:

    …perfect

    i can just see you in that beautiful suit holding that bouquet…lovely

    i enjoyed this so much

    …perfect

  35. Beth Says:

    Beautifully written - I love the detail and description - and the story!

  36. tori Says:

    Your words weaved a beautiful picture in my mind. Loved it!

  37. rel Says:

    making spring time love while the flood waters massage your bodies….
    Now that’s a story!

  38. Kristin Says:

    Dude, I want a whole book outta that. Killer!

  39. Lyn Says:

    If love ever conquered all, this was one of those times! So good…

  40. Mary Moon Says:

    Lovely tale and what a great link! Mmmm…

  41. Karen@SurvivingMotherhood Says:

    I want to meet you in person and listen to you talk. Are your every-day words as lovely and poetic as your written words? *grin*

  42. La Belette Rouge Says:

    You so had me. I was sure it was “real”. Whatever you write is true even if it is fiction.

  43. christina Says:

    this is absolutely beautiful!
    i love the last few lines, so very much.
    xo

  44. angiem Says:

    Thank you, everyone! Your beautiful and kind comments are making me smile from ear to ear.

  45. Bridgette Says:

    My, My, you are on a roll!

  46. Holly L Says:

    I thought perhaps it was a work of fiction..but nonetheless, so well written…I would dive into that novel and not come up for air until it was done!

  47. Josephine Tale Peddler Says:

    So beautiful. I could see it like a movie. A scene from Heat and Dust. Thank you for your lovely comment on my sunshine wedding! xx

  48. Lori Says:

    Very vivid and haunting. It reminds me of magical realism.

  49. Selma Says:

    I like your references to nature such as the lime trees and the Lily of the Valley. They really set the scene well. What a dramatic start to a marriage. One that will never be forgotten!

  50. Little hat Says:

    Steamy and luscious - like all good honeymoons should be. We never had one. After 35 years we sometimes wonder what we missed. But then we’ve had honeymoons many times over if love and romance and enjoying precious moment count. and laughing at the rain.

  51. Sun Dance Hill Says:

    Superb! This is amazing storytelling, you had me intrigued the whole way through. Very nicely done.

  52. The Hausfrau Says:

    Beautifully evocative, with just enough description. Nice take on this Magpie!

  53. Francesca Says:

    Angie, you have a wonderful writer’s mind. I wish that when it rained I would think of love and a whole life ahead … and not of lost peaches:(

  54. Jena Says:

    You even make being sick sound good. I hope you all feel better soon. I love this pic of you guys. It’s beautiful!!!

  55. audrey Says:

    how perfect, somehow all the rain and wetness lent such a coziness to such a beautiful day. with all that water coming in the house it just made you snuggle even closer with one another. really beautiful!!

  56. brian miller Says:

    snap. that was a brilliant tale. even the waters can not keep us from our dreams…

    dreadfully late with my magpie this week…

  57. Bebe Says:

    LOVE this!!! So romantic, the suit, the hair, the flowers, the rain. Awesome writing!!!

  58. Jane Jones Says:

    Beautiful descriptions of tafetta suit and palm-width length. How important the details of this special moment in time. A wonderful spring wedding! The flood is analogoous to the young couple being swept away; overflowing with a love supreme. Lovely! Thank-you Angie!

  59. Phoenix Says:

    What a beautiful, wild story! I had to read it several times to try to ascertain whether or not it was true… it seemed so once-in-a-lifetime. But then, honeymoons should be, right? :)

  60. Bethany Says:

    what a beautifully written memory, what a wedding night!

  61. Bethany Says:

    oh well not a memory, but even so!
    I don’t like reading fiction online at all, but yours YES!

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