Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel
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The Estate

The Estate

The Mattson Estate

High in the foothills of the Appalachian Plateau, a hundred acres of arable land lay fresh and fallow, just as it had for decades. The surrounding mountains had long ago begun the work of reclaiming meadow clover with sapling underbrush and amber pine pitch. The cathedral valley rolled out of a serpentine rift that shouldered a heavily-bouldered stream, rich in brook trout and the soft white noise of water over rock. Bliss and gurgle and windblown hayfields fronted the blue-green timber, inviting even the old mountain men to simply stop for a moment and breathe, lost in wistful repose, conjuring old images of young flesh and soft grass and the pungent perfume of sweet nothings whispered swift upon the ear.