Title: WORDS IN THE WINDOWSILL
Category/Genre: NA Historical
Word Count: 60,000
My Main Character is most uncomfortable with:
Hans, here. I say “No thanks” to snow and ice. I’d much rather throw on my Sperry Top Siders and enjoy the company of the hotties in Ocean City. Besides, how can I wow the ladies with my crazy piano skills if I’m covered head to toe like an Eskimo?
Grad student and self-proclaimed “Ladies Man” Hans Meyer has the world at his piano-playing fingertips. All he has left to do is write his thesis. But when his research takes him two centuries back in time, Hans stumbles upon a secret that will change history, and this 21st century “player” transforms into a gentleman.
Hans has discovered the manuscript for a mysterious symphony-composer, unknown. Recognizing that this discovery could make a fantastic thesis, Hans sets off for Germany in the name of research. When he begins receiving text messages from a bizarre entity, identified only as “Vox”, Hans becomes intrigued.
Vox’s messages convince Hans that there is a way to learn firsthand about the history of the piece: a trip on The Time Train. Curiosity combined with a desire to write a killer thesis override Hans’ reservations and he lets destiny buy him a ticket to ride. After a stunning trip through time, he is dropped off at the doorstep of The Fiddler’s Inn, in Vienna, 1820.
Time in the 19th century illuminates many things for Hans. He meets a sixteen year old mute boy named Florian, and gives him piano lessons in exchange for room and board at the inn. He also encounters Analeise, a Viennese beauty, and experiences real love for the first time.
But the most earth shattering discovery, however, were the words Hans found in the windowsill of his 19th century bedchamber. Eighteen year old love letters, written between a chambermaid and Beethoven describe a secret union that produced an offspring…a boy who would one day compose the mysterious symphony. Hans recognizes that this knowledge changes history. If Hans goes forth with this information, the future will be rewritten. And Hans may not be able to exist with that.
WORDS IN THE WINDOWSILL is a New Adult Historical Fiction/Time Travel piece, with romance and mystery sprinkled throughout. This work could be described as Back to the Future meets Letters to Juliet, and was inspired by a trip I myself took.
First 250 words:
With my right foot firmly planted on the piano’s sustain pedal, the final tones of “Piano Man” suffocated under the din at The Tavern.
“They can’t get enough of me!” I shouted over my shoulder at Joe, my buddy, still seated back at the bar. The end of semester partiers, mostly females, formed a circle around the piano.
Joe chuckled. “It’s the music they love, not your self-proclaimed sexiness, Hans. Let some air out of your inflated ego for a change!”
I laughed. Joe and I had been friends for a long time, and he often felt it his job to challenge my confidence. He was, no doubt, jealous.
I’d been behind the piano at The Tavern for several numbers that night, the women in the crowd swooning over my every note. I had that effect on the ladies, or at least my music did, according to Joe. I began piano lessons at the age of five and never stopped. Now as a graduate music student, my piano playing skills were quite good.
“Last song.” I winked at the cutie to my right, then flashed her a smile. “I’m headed across the Atlantic in a couple days,” I announced, as the crowd began to hush, “and I can’t think of a better reason to play Billy Joel’s ‘Vienna’. Enjoy.”
The stillness of the crowd decrescendoed to silence. I began with the treble right hand notes fluttering over the keys in the song’s tinkling pattern, my years of classical piano training shining through.