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Beautiful Song

A Penny-Laine Running Mystery

By Pat LeVal

Copyright 2013 Pat LeVal

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This is a work of fiction. The characters of Debussy, Faure, Ravel, Delius, Saint-Saens and Lauridisen are historical, but their roles in this work are purely fictional. All other characters and situations in this story are entirely fictional, and any resemblance to any persons or actual happenings is purely coincidental.

Prelude to a Beautiful Song

New York, 1942. He turned from the starboard deck as the New York City skyline disappeared from view. Steaming to the east, the ship’s ultimate destination was Europe and home. Making his way to the lounge, he pulled a starched white handkerchief from his pocket and wiped his forehead. Over a double scotch, he considered his last few weeks in America.

When he closed his eyes he could see her pure white skin, the bouncy curls of her brunette hair and her playful blue eyes. The melody of her voice echoed in his head and he remembered the joy he felt in her presence and how it had seamlessly flowed into his music.

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