The story is flowing perfectly and, like most plots, the parts that seemed hazy when I started have resolved themselves without my help. The main characters, Harold and Celeste, have already developed their own voices but it’s the props that are driving the storyline. Celeste’s house and the art on the walls inside are beginning to draw Harold in and it’s only a matter of time before something ‘clicks’ to uncover the truth about the Shadow at the window.
It’s in Chapter Five that Harold first gets to see the four famous paintings that Celeste’s grandmother, Mariza, commissioned some students to copy for her. But why those particular paintings? Of the four, the one that Harold likes most is the one titled Danaë and the Shower of Gold by Leon Francois Comerre — not least because it reminds him of Celeste herself.
My target for the end of the week was to complete the first five chapters and to outline the next five. As it’s turned out, I’ve hit that with one day to go and expect to finish Chapter Six tomorrow.
So, six chapters in and what have we got? An attention grabbing opening. Some hints of a puzzle to be solved. Tension between two of the characters. A love scene, and some mild abuse.