Afterimage by Helen Humphreys

By Helen Humphreys

Encouraged via the lifetime of Julia Margaret Cameron, Afterimage is the daring and provocative tale of Annie Phelan, a maid in the house of Isabel and Eldon Dashell. Isabel is experimenting with the hot medium of images, and is electrified through Annie, who turns into her muse. the 2 shape a detailed courting, but if Eldon devises his personal plans for the younger maid, Annie approximately loses herself, till catastrophe unearths her energy over the Dashells’ paintings and hearts.

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Still, the incident had provided Begbie Wi the spurious moral ammunition he needed tae justify one ay his periodic drink and angst fuelled wars against the local populace. He'd git his one day. Nothing wis surer. Ah jist didnae want tae be aroond whin he did. Hazel and ah fell behind Franco n June. Haze wanted tae go. – Thirs something wrong wi him. Did ye see that guy's heid? Let's git ootay here. Ah found masel lyin tae her, tae justify Begbie's behaviour. Fuckin horrible. Ah jist couldnae handle her outrage, n the hassle thit went Wi it.

It's done fuck–all good. Tommy's persistent though. – Tell us Mark. Ah want tae ken. But then, when ye think aboot it, mibbe mates, whae've stuck by ye through thick n thin, usually fuckin thin, deserve at least an attempt at an explanation, if the counsellors/thought poliS get one. Ah launch intae a spiel. Ah feel surprisingly good, calm and clear, talkin aboot it. – Ah don't really know, Tam, ah jist dinnae. It kinday makes things seem mair real tae us. Life's boring and futile. We start oaf wi high hopes, then we bottle it.

Aw is it no? Ah kept ma fuckin gob shut, but this smart cunt's pushed us far enough. He pointed at the still prostrate figure of Jackie, whose rapidly swelling face had gained a new furtiveness. – Whit's the fuckin score here? Naz asked. 44 Billy ignored him, and looked straight at Jackie. – How long's it been gaun oan Jackie? – Whit's the cunt oan aboot? Jackie said, but his watery voice lacked assurance. – Canary Islands ma fuckin hole. Whair ur ye meetin Fiona? – You're fuckin tapped Billy.

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