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Author Nancy Roman inspired by love of south east London
9:07am Monday 4th November 2013 in Leisure latest news
HONOR Oak author Nancy Roman’s novel Chloe is a fantasy described as American Psycho meets Lord of the Rings.
Vibe asked the author to give us a few words about south east London, and she came back with this awesome effort...
She runs past Honor Oak Park station. Her immortal speed turns her into an invisible blur, a pulsating swift-bubble. She reaches Brockley Rise, flies past trees and bus stops. Behind her the yellow leaves furl in the air.
Even pace. Balanced respiration. Empty mind. Peace.
With her routine comes the same inner monologue. But today, when she gets to the bottom of Blythe Hill Fields, she stops with a fed up roar. She puts her hands on her knees and breathes heavily until the pumping in her body slows down and with a weary anger she looks up at the serpentine path stretching through the green hill.
It’s not the hill she is angry with but the resolution she keeps making every time she gets to the top.
It has been her ritual for weeks now, like a reinsurance that needed daily repetition. If I can run up there, I can do anything. Unfortunately running is easier than keeping resolutions.
Today she chooses to walk it with hands in her pocket, head kept straight, eyes on the road, thoughts all over the place. On the top, she climbs the bench and sits on its back-rest.
This is where she usually stops to stretch, to look at the view and try to recapture that sensation of seeing it for the first time. But that buzz is just not there anymore and today she is feeling brave enough not to try force-lifting her own spirit by chasing some ghost.
Above the red and brown bricks and roofs, line up the silver skyscrapers, a chain of structured perfections.
From that green nature, the city seems a combined promise of a home and a master…
…just like him. She closes her eyes.
Today is the anniversary of him gearing up and shooting up his high-school. She wishes she could have been there. Instead she can only listen to his whispers through cage-bars: ‘I would take you out hunting for pretty girls...’
A scent catches her nose and she opens her eyes. A group of girls walk down the hill, chattering like doves. He can’t be here to pick the girl for her, but she knows he would go for the one with doe-eyes and red hair…they both like redheads.
Chloe gets up from the bench and turns away from the view to follow her prey. She is starting to feel better already.
Chloe, published by i2i, is out now. Go to nancy-roman.co.uk
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