*Today's #fridayflash is inspired by the first time Marcus saw Nadia. These two are characters in Virtuoso, which I'm currently rewriting.*
Love at First Note
Marcus heard the music before he saw the performer.
The violin's strings ached out a soulful melody. The sound was almost human, yet the girl on the stage tempted it from each finger placement and stroke of the horsehair bow across the strings. Slender fingers danced among each note. Blond hair tickled the violin and nearly curtained off her pretty face.
He'd heard violin music before but never like this.
He stopped moving, mesmerized by the performance. His breath stuck in his throat. His heart joined in rhythm to the piece.
"Who's that?" He breathed.
"I don't know. Who cares?" Veronica wrapped her arm around his and tugged. "Come on, we'll be late."
He yanked his arm away from her. "Hey, Karoline, do you know who that is?"
Karoline twisted to look at him. "Yeah, she moved in a few blocks from my house. Her parents are musicians."
"And her name?" He couldn't keep the impatience from his voice. Her name was as important as air.
"Nadia Godunov, I think. She'll be a senior with us."
Nadia. The musicality of the name fit the woman.
When she finished, she lifted her head. A sweet smile touched her lips. A private smile. But he didn't feel guilty seeing it or spying on her performance.
He only wanted to hear her play again . . . or kiss those soft-looking lips.