I had Random.org select a page, it went with 277, I decided to do one page less, and so here is a teaser from 276.
Above them, cyrstal-and-brass chandeliers hung like silent sentinels, chiming softly in a ghostly breeze. Lanterns housed in sphere of opaque glass glowed around the room, resembling will-o’-the-wisps floating through the night. Purple orchids and white jasmine perfumed the air, the scent hingint of wealth and far-flung locales. Positioned at either end of the entrance hall were large chinoiserie vases overflowing with long-stemmed roses so deep a shade of red, their petals appeared black in the shadows.