29 May

They first meet two thousand years ago

A raw sun burns a hole through an Egyptian blue sky.  She dances for him in a palace of fire . Her magnificent body is slick with oil and clad in a costume of silk and veils.  There are twenty other women chosen for their perfection and their beauty but he sees only her. She wordlessly becomes his beneath a velvet sky studded with stars.

In Byzantium they are lovers. Rich, proud and aloof aristocrats, they undress each other in the candlelight and lie upon jewelled pillows beneath a ceiling of pure gold.  He ties her wrists and ankles.

In Venice they pass each other at a masked ball.  They brush hands but are unaware of each other’s presence.

He wears her brightly coloured favour, perfumed with her love, at a joust. His opponent’s lance spills his crimson blood over it, staining it forever.

She poses for him at the dawn of the Renaissance, her delicious nipples hardening beneath the scrutiny of his painter’s gaze.  Centuries later, with the storm clouds of war gathering over Europe, she will pose again. exquisite elegance and style for the cover of Vogue.

He aches for her in Versailles where she is the renowned princess of another and never spares him a second glance.

She lives with him in eighteenth century England, the gorgeous muse for his wild, romantic poetry. enrapturing and bewitching London with her brown-eyed, pale skinned beauty.

They gallop across the baking red earth of central Spain on white stallions.  He composes a flamenco dance to her in his head. The horses hooves and his heartbeat mark out the rhythm.

And here, in the early years of the twenty-first century, almost aware of the silver thread that has bound them through history, they are separated by circumstance. They wonder at the coincidence of name and the undercurrent of desire. Yet they are locked on different paths..

They will be one again.  In some other, future time.

This is their destiny


Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Lovers Past


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28 responses to “Destiny

  1. Lunargirl

    May 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I think this piece speaks to my soul. I love this.



    • Romantic Dominant

      May 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

      I am glad. And that you are here.


  2. Charlotte

    May 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Long time no read. This is wonderful 🙂


    • Romantic Dominant

      May 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

      It is good to see you again. Thank you.


      • Charlotte

        May 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        It’s good to read you again as well. I see romance hasn’t died in this part of the blogsphere 🙂


        • Romantic Dominant

          May 31, 2012 at 8:10 pm

          Indeed it hasn’t. Smiles


  3. Elizabeth

    May 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    And this is exactly how it seem …

    And I believe, is.


    • Romantic Dominant

      May 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

      The inevitability of what is shared


  4. TheOthers1

    May 30, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Gosh. I loved this. A love that makes you yearn.


    • Romantic Dominant

      May 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

      It does.


  5. creativenoodling

    June 2, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I’m covered in goosebumps right now. Because I swear… I feel like this has happened to me. It’s a surreal feeling for sure.


    • Romantic Dominant

      June 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

      It is eerie indeed. And yet gives me hope.


  6. Romantic Dominant

    May 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Reblogged this on A Faded Romantic's Notebook and commented:

    Two years ago. But it might have been two hundred. Or two thousand. Or two days in the future.
    She is my destiny.


  7. lesliemeeks

    May 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    This is a gorgeous piece of writing… They will never be able to escape one another. Lovely!!!


  8. pinkshantung

    June 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I absolutely love this, it’s wonderful! Love how you have portrayed the lovers as meeting time over in history, as different characters in different contexts, but always tied by this inescapable connection, their lives touching. I’m intrigued however by what you mean by the coincidence of name? More please Mr RD. 🙂 Your description of the wealth, luxury and extreme heat of the Egyptian and Byzantine palaces and climate, is extravagant & very evocative.


    • pinkshantung

      June 1, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Reading perhaps deeper into what you have written makes me wonder if this was written partly as a way of needing to express hope in finding new love in the aftermath of losing a treasured lover? That feeling of devastation that for whichever reason they have gone, never to return as you knew them. And the hope that you can feel that level of connection again. At least, I imagine that must be what it feels like. 🙂


      • Romantic Dominant

        June 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

        It was written for complex reasons and actually inspired by a song on Kate Bush’s excellent album Fifty Words for Snow where she does it more eloquently than I. But perhaps I wanted hope.


    • Romantic Dominant

      June 2, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Ah. The coincidence of name. It meant something when I wrote it, less now.
      I am glad you enjoyed


  9. newsubmissivestranger

    June 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I wonder now if there is a far off, long ago reason I am drawn to the sea….or the mountains…or both….


  10. emmylgant

    June 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Outstanding. Very powerful.
    You weave in and out of time and primal longings. Wanting to belong and yearning for a bond so intense that neither life nor death can break it, is soul stuff.
    “Ni toi sans moi ni moi sans toi” carved Tristam on the honeysuckle vine he trew before Iseult’s horse as she was going to another…
    Somehow, hope that it is just so makes the absence of the lover slighly more bearable.


    • Romantic Dominant

      June 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Your words are far too kind. And what an erudite creature you are. Thank you mon amie


  11. misstofi

    June 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Nothing in Excess and commented:


  12. ~ Sadie ~

    June 18, 2014 at 5:12 am

    The truest of soul mates!! Love this! Have totally enjoyed catching up with your posts this evening 🙂


  13. thepaintedladyuk

    February 9, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Bellissimo! Hauntingly so.



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