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09:42 am - Installment Story, Part One: Tea History Magic
Thanks to Paratti, Janus_74, Anne_D, Gwynnega, and Ljrags, for giving me words for this (likely only a few days) of an installment-a-day short story. I'm calling it "Tea History Magic." Without further ado, Part One --

Melinda Jane Carr – of the St Augustine Carrs, as her sainted mother used to say – inspected her tea-table. Set for her expected guest and her, it was linen tablecloth and napkins the color of magnolia blossoms and a set of spring-green patterned Noritake china her great-grandmother Carr had purchased in Tokyo a little over a century ago and carried back over seas and continents, miraculously unbroken.



Jake wouldn’t give one good damn about the table, but she needed to keep her spirits up.

Restless, she went to the sliding glass doors of her cottage living room. The Atlantic stretched out, seemingly forever, on the other side of the glass. She stood and watched the waves wash over the sand. Less sand than there used to be. Erosion was a terrible thing. Also climate change.

Not all change was bad, however. She rubbed her thumb over her now bare ring finger, where diamonds used to glitter like the sea.

The doorbell rang – the chorus of “Happy Days are Here Again.”

She turned, smiling the society smile her mother had taught her, fingering the charm-bag in the pocket of the dress she’d sewn herself. With a thought she lit the candles on the tea-table, and flames swirled inside the old hurricane glasses. She felt the power running along her nerves, like fire following a trail of gasoline.

“It’s open, baby,” she called.


More tomorrow. :)

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From:ljrags
Date:April 4th, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC)
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OHHHH. LOVELY.

Is it tomorrow yet? :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:April 4th, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for liking this first part! I appreciate you. :)
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From:paratti
Date:April 4th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Loved it.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 4th, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Thank you thank you, mate! :) And hugs.
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From:anne_d
Date:April 4th, 2015 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Very promising, I'm looking forward to tomorrow!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 4th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, A, thank you! [hugs]
From:gwynnega
Date:April 4th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Intriguing beginning!!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 4th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks and thanks twice! Hugs!
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From:mamculuna
Date:April 4th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC)
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You had me with ocean, but also lighting the candles....

I'm already waiting for the next part!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 5th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Thank you thank you! :) The new part will be up in a few minutes.

Happy day to you!
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From:davesmusictank
Date:April 5th, 2015 08:54 am (UTC)
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Loved it, and looking forward to next part.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 5th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much! :) Happy day to you.
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From:beadattitude
Date:April 6th, 2015 11:01 am (UTC)
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Hey, who are these people and where are they from, so I can go catch up?
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From:laurawise
Date:April 6th, 2015 11:05 am (UTC)
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This is the start. :) I'm just playing around with an original short story, done in installments.

Cheers and a happy Monday to you!
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From:beadattitude
Date:April 6th, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)
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OH. Okay, cool!
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From:stateless82
Date:April 9th, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Love the doorbell. And the song choice. An intriguingly specific character detail.

Do people still have doorbells that play a song?
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From:laurawise
Date:April 10th, 2015 10:57 am (UTC)
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I don't actually know if doorbells still play songs! I'm hand-waving that it's an older house. :)

Cheers!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:April 12th, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC)
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A great beginning there.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 12th, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! :) Cheers and a happy Sunday to you.

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