A new release by Dawn Sister
Locked in the Moment is my new story released on February 14th as part of The Love Unlocked Anthology from Beaten Track Publishing.
All seven stories in the anthology are set in and around Paris and the famous “Love-Lock Bridge”.
For years couples have been fixing their special love-lock padlocks on the grates either side of Pont de l’Archeveche that crosses the river Seine in Paris. With a beautiful view of Notre Dame Cathedral and set in the heart of one of the most romantic cities in the world, lovers saw the location as the perfect place to seal their love inside an engraved lock, fasten it to the bridge and throw the key into the river.
Unfortunately, the volume of locks proved too much and some of the grates collapsed beneath the weight. Last year the Paris authorities decided to remove all of the locks. Beaten Track Publishing put out a submission call for stories of the fate of some the couples that these locks belonged to.
Locked in the Moment follows a slightly different path, as it focuses on the real reason the locks fell from the grates. It tells the story of the troll that lives beneath the bridge and the fairy that helps him in his attempt to restore the locks to their rightful owners.
Due to a misunderstanding, the troll that lives underneath one of the most romantic bridges in Paris, inadvertently unlocks every single padlock lovers have left there over the years. L’Authoritié de Fée Folklorique are up in arms. He has no idea what all the fuss is about. The noise was driving him mad. He just wanted a bit of peace and quiet.
A spell is cast leaving the troll in a bit of a predicament. He is charged with the seemingly impossible task of fixing the locks before the spell can be reversed and he is allowed to return to his home. There are other complications, the least of which is the insistence and persistence of a fairy who is determined to help him against the wishes of his own people.
Now the troll has a dilemma. What is more important to him? The only home he has known for two thousand years, or a fairy he has just met.