Crushed Goldleaf

Iskielo comes up to the front counter looking a bit wild about the eyes. “Miyara!” Anything that excites or frightens a boy of his enthusiasm is immediately cause for concern. “Yes?” He draws in close. Looks furtively both ways. Then hisses, “They ordered the crushed goldleaf tea.” Oh dear. Crushed goldleaf is a lovely, innocuous … More Crushed Goldleaf

Shadowswarm Honey

“We just got married,” the woman with short hair explains to me, smiling brightly and looking over at her partner. The smile is genuine, but the look in her eyes has a slightly anxious cast, like she’s not sure how her excitement will be received. “We wanted to start our marriage off with adventure,” her … More Shadowswarm Honey

Morlsbane Sap

From the tea brewing counter I see Iskielo struggling with a customer order, and as I make my way slowly to intercept, listening in to identify the problem, it’s clear: this is a customer who knows enough to know what questions to ask, and Iskielo has been left floundering to satisfy her now that her … More Morlsbane Sap

Bonus Scene: When Saiyana Receives Miyara’s Gift from Ostario

This bonus scene is told from Saiyana’s perspective, set immediately following Chapter 18 of Tea Set and Match. A knock on my office door startles me out of—staring at the wall, apparently. My fist clenches around my pen. I can’t even focus on theoretical magecraft diagramming. What good am I? When I don’t answer, Ostario lets … More Bonus Scene: When Saiyana Receives Miyara’s Gift from Ostario

Kelwort Green

All of us are nearly at our collective wit’s end with Iskielo today. I can sympathize with eating too much at the party his parents brought him to. I am less sympathetic about how very he smug he is about said food, all the while groaning and whining about how full he is and how … More Kelwort Green

Ever Starbloom

It takes me a few minutes to break through this customer’s brittle shell of courtesy, but at last the reason for the almost tangible cloud of sadness surrounding her erupts out. “I’m just so tired all the time,” she confesses miserably. “I don’t even like what I’m doing, but I don’t have the option of … More Ever Starbloom

Perynroot Red

I stay out of it as Meristo continues berating Iskielo. “You’ve got the whole boyish enthusiasm thing going for you, but you have to apply it on purpose,” Meristo tells him. “You’re just flailing around, and the customers can tell.” “I don’t want to flirt with old women!” Iskielo protests. “Who said anything about this … More Perynroot Red

Sylph’s Dancedrops

“We just love the idea of magical tea for our wedding, don’t you?” the customer gushes. “It would add a magical effect to what should be a magical day,” I agree. “Exactly! And since we’ll be ordering in volume, I know we can great bulk discounts,” she continues. Does she, now. “Perhaps we should establish … More Sylph’s Dancedrops

Seepingtoad Acid

I’m heading out of town this week without my laptop, so as is customary, I leave you with a Tea Shop Interlude! I’ll be back with Chapter 15 next Thursday, August 30th. Happy reading! Casey   Taseino comes over to me with a frown. “Could you talk to the customers by the door please?” I … More Seepingtoad Acid