The Balcony

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
Ghost of New York City's infamous Ansonia Ash Maguire has followed opera singer Juliet Benedetto around for years, clinging to the way she makes him feel alive again. But when Juliet discovers her husband in a compromising position on the night of her greatest triumph, Ash tries desperately to save her from her own despair and the machinations of her cruel husband. Little does Ash know his own death is entwined with Juliet and her husband's nefarious past. Will he be able to unravel the mystery of his own murder in time to save Juliet from a fate worse than death?

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Overture

Submitted: February 21, 2019

She was singing again. Juliet. The woman with the curly black hair, fathomless eyes, porcelain skin, and perfect, rose-tinged lips. S... Read Chapter

Falso

Submitted: March 30, 2019

FALSO Six Months Ago   Three steps across the darkened backstage, and something gouged her hip. Fabric ripped. Front sta... Read Chapter

Intermezzo

Submitted: March 30, 2019

INTERMEZZO   His name was Ashton, but he went by Ash. He remembered that little fact, but not much else. He also knew he’d... Read Chapter

Agitato

Submitted: March 30, 2019

AGITATO Two months later   It was June. The sun shone outside in a clear blue sky that even the city’s smog couldn’t... Read Chapter

Bruscamente

Submitted: March 30, 2019

BRUSCAMENTE Seven Days Later   Juliet executed a deep curtsey as the audience once again lavished her with bravos. This ... Read Chapter

Misterioso e Doloro

Submitted: March 30, 2019

MISTERIOSO E DOLORO Four Months Later   The Metropolitan Opera house looked like a scene from Phantom of the Opera. Wome... Read Chapter

Scordatura

Submitted: March 30, 2019

SCORDATURA   When Juliet’s spirit separated from her body, it was even more colorless than his own. Ash went to her, to co... Read Chapter

Animato

Submitted: March 30, 2019

ANIMATO “You can see me?” Juliet stared at the man. There was a strange grayness to him, as if all the color had been leeched... Read Chapter

Glissando

Submitted: March 30, 2019

GLISSANDO   Ash stopped at the front desk, where Hector was glancing through some papers, moving them ever so slightly with ... Read Chapter

Tempo di Valsi

Submitted: March 30, 2019

TEMPO DI VALSE   Juliet bowed deeply to the chorus of bravos and encores. Light illuminated and warmed her, but beyond its r... Read Chapter

Affetuoso

Submitted: March 30, 2019

AFFETUOSO   An arrow whizzed by Juliet as she stepped out into the hallway. She yipped and backed into Ash as she hastily re... Read Chapter

Sotto Voce

Submitted: March 30, 2019

SOTTO VOCE   The two men stood at the low stone wall and looked across the East River at Manhattan, trench coat collars turn... Read Chapter

Mezzo Soprano

Submitted: March 30, 2019

MEZZO SOPRANO   Juliet gazed up at the imposing St. Regis hotel. It was as old as the Ansonia and had the same distinct, ele... Read Chapter

Sogno

Submitted: March 30, 2019

SOGNO   The world was gray again. The pale sun hung high in the gray sky. On the edge of the horizon, a line of angry st... Read Chapter

Ad Libitum

Submitted: March 30, 2019

AD LIBITUM   The door chimed. Juliet went to the security panel and looked at her unexpected visitor. “Officer Adams, ... Read Chapter

Cavatina

Submitted: March 30, 2019

CAVATINA   “I’d love to,” Juliet said, her smile brighter than Ash had seen it in a long time. He stepped out from... Read Chapter

Poco a Poco

Submitted: March 30, 2019

POCO A POCO   Juliet glanced sharply at him, struggling to mask her shock. “Don’t ask me how I know,” Ash said. ... Read Chapter

Timpani

Submitted: March 30, 2019

TIMPANI   Juliet paused by the stone wall and stretched. It was early morning, the light before the dawn, when everything ha... Read Chapter

Capo

Submitted: March 30, 2019

CAPO   The ballroom had been transformed into a forest of gold and silver. Metal trunks twisted towards the ceiling, their s... Read Chapter

Fuoco

Submitted: March 30, 2019

FUOCO   Ash was home again. The Twentieth Precinct. It wasn’t just a place that felt like home. It was home. Somehow, ... Read Chapter

Una Corda

Submitted: March 30, 2019

      UNA CORDA   “You’re gray!” Juliet stared at Officer Sapphire Adams. The truth sto... Read Chapter

Affettato

Submitted: March 30, 2019

AFFETTATO   The courtroom was full. Juliet looked back at Jon, who winked at her encouragingly. Etta sat next to him, sm... Read Chapter

Sforzando

Submitted: March 30, 2019

  SFORZANDO   Ash was like a fly on the wall. Except there wasn’t a wall. Because the wall had been blown away. ... Read Chapter

Fugue

Submitted: March 30, 2019

    FUGUE   “So obviously, what you saw in that dream was symbolic, not literal.” Juliet was studying ... Read Chapter

Stretto

Submitted: March 30, 2019

STRETTO   “I’d like to enter into evidence these pictures and one video.” Tim brought the photos to the judge’s benc... Read Chapter

Lacrimosa

Submitted: March 30, 2019

      LACRIMOSO   Mallory didn’t have to try very hard to act doped up and confused. Ash had de... Read Chapter

Crescendo e Diminuendo

Submitted: March 30, 2019

      CRESCENDO E DIMINUENDO   “So that’s how I died.” Ash hovered over Mallory. “Kind of... Read Chapter

Tempesta

Submitted: March 30, 2019

      TEMPESTA   Benedict held out a tiny, round pill and a glass of water. “Time for your medi... Read Chapter

Tenuto

Submitted: March 30, 2019

TENUTO   A car door slammed above her. Benedict’s voice called frantically. “Juliet!” She dropped the drive in her... Read Chapter

Rubato

Submitted: March 30, 2019

      RUBATO   Juliet stepped out of the taxi, handing the driver a twenty to keep him from drivi... Read Chapter

Aria

Submitted: March 30, 2019

    ARIA   The sun was slanting in from the west when Benedict arrived home. He had given Juliet a lav... Read Chapter

Second Ending

Submitted: March 30, 2019

SECOND ENDING   Laura dropped one last white rose on Juliet’s casket. Fans, the press, fellow singers, and most of the Met... Read Chapter