Butterflies and Tingling Skin
I intend to become a better writer, using strong verbs, making a little game out of it. Today’s strong word are assume, consider, deepen, demand, diminish, develop, control, comprise, complicate, and demolish.
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Tammy paused, and assumed her conscientious and polite employee demeanor. She took deep breaths to calm her thoughts. But they were still roiled by yesterday’s events. Rebecca had been no help. She tried to consider only today’s duties. Herds of butterflies swirled in her tummy, deepening her anxiety.
Stepping inside his Chateau, she wondered if she would see the Count. In days past, she had seldom seen him. But, with his clear interest in her, she had become hyper aware of his presence. Now, she expected to see him at every turn. Where, once, she had given him little thought, now it seemed as if he demanded her attention.
Quelling her turmoil, she began her duties. As tourists assembled, her uneasiness diminished. Soon, her well-practiced habits, developed over countless tours, took hold. She led straggling tourists down familiar halls, pointing out tapestries and explaining painting. At first, she fielded many questions. But, as always, they became more quiet.
Yet, something was different. On other tours, she had mingled with them, gaining their trust and affection. Now, men eyed her. And their wives and girlfriends watched her with hate in their eyes, or tried to show her up. Using all her tricks, she struggled to entertain and control her charges.