Peter Pan and Giovanni by Arthur Cola
Santa Croce Church in Florence. In the novel of the Brooch, the Ring of the Magi is displayed there.
The John Colonna characater is sometimes called Giovanni. He is the older of the two Colonna brothers in my new novel: The Brooch. The almost 21 year old character is almost a twin of his younger brother Rich. One might think of him as being the younger brother as he, like the Peter Pan story book character, doesn’t want to grow up. And yet he is thoughtful regarding the solving of the mystery and has a soft heart as he encounters the moment when he decides that growing up isn’t too bad at all. His artistic ability also lends itself to the effort to solve the 500 year old mystery left by Michelangelo, the great Renaissance artist. His courage to protect his brother and friends reveals itself in an emotional climatic event as he confronts those who would harm them.
The sequence below is a continuation of the boys deciding to let off some steam after presenting some rather brilliant ideas regarding the mystery of The Brooch.
Excerpt from the novel: The Brooch. Chapter 16: The Successful Theft
Trying to be very quiet, the boys, each wrapped in a towel, made their way up the staircase to the upper level of the villa. Their soaking wet clothes hung on the various lounge chairs surrounding the pool.
“Lucky for us that someone left towels out or we’d be coming up the stairs with a bare ass.”
Reg blushed as he said the last word.
“Oh yeah, very lucky,” John looked at Rich. “Dad was here wasn’t he?”
“Yep,” replied Rich. “How does he always seem to know what’s going on?”
“Duh, he’s Dad.”
And with that John led the way to the corridor.
They tiptoed past one bedroom door then another leaving a wet footprint on the now cool tile floor. John suddenly stopped in his tracks, the others followed suit.
“I hear something. Duck out of sight.”
Ryan, Reg and Rich rushed past John into an empty room. John followed, his towel slightly hanging off the cheeks of his rear end as a voice called to him. He swung around stood straight up and feverishly tried to adjust the towel. The three boys crammed at the crack of the door peeking out.
“Giovanni, is that you?”
Elena knew full well who it was. His trim body, short cropped hair and cute butt gave him away.
“Oh, hi…ciao Elena, ah…just out for a swim.”
“You’re all wet. Come in, I’ll get you a dry towel.”
She pulled on what John’s Nona would term as a chiffon robe about her but it being shear did little to conceal her turquoise nightgown of the same fabric.
Reg was beside himself.
“Oh my God she’s inviting him into her room.”
“Move over let me see,” Ryan said as he gave Reg a little shove causing his towel to drop so that he held it across his junk with one hand.
John stood frozen and bent over trying to cover himself. Elena smiled and gestured for him to follow. He looked around the hallway as if trying to find an escape route. The boys covered their mouths so that not even their breathing might be heard. Rich left the spying scene and went to the bathroom for a dry towel. He was used to John’s conquests, only this time his brother was the one being conquered. And that amused him.