Chapter 24

Entero shakes me awake, and his grim countenance has me sitting bolt upright on Deniel’s couch in seconds. “What happened?” I ask. “Was Deniel not able to call the meeting?” “He hasn’t been back,” Entero says. “As far as we know he hasn’t encountered any unforeseen problems.” “Then what?” “The tea master is here,” he … More Chapter 24

Chapter 23

“Are you sure you need to come?” Risteri asks me. “Of all of us you’re the only one who doesn’t know how to protect herself, and we’re going deep inside the Cataclysm. That there’ll be something you need protection from is certain, even if it’s not my father.” I glance at Entero. His face is … More Chapter 23

Chapter 22

A few days later, I knock on Deniel’s door. As has been the case over the last weeks, he’s slow to answer. Not just slow: there’s rapid clattering in the background that makes me wonder what I’ve interrupted, and why he’s scrambling to hide it. When Deniel does make it to the door, he’s surprised. … More Chapter 22

Chapter 21

“Wow,” Risteri breathes once I’ve finished performing the tea ceremony for her in the cottage. “You really are good at this.” “Not good enough, yet,” I say. The deprecation is out before I can stop it, so I wince and add, “But thank you.” Risteri nods. “Yeah, a tea master performed the ceremony for me … More Chapter 21

Chapter 20

“I got your message to pick up cleaning supplies on my way in,” I tell Lorwyn when Entero and I arrive in the back. “I put the cost on Talmeri’s tab.” I heave them down on the floor, taking deep breaths. “Why isn’t Grace ‘My Muscles are Chiseled from Stone’ Entero carrying any of this?” … More Chapter 20

Chapter 19

For the rest of the week, I drive myself to exhaustion reorganizing the inventory system at the shop and studying for tea mastery in all the hours I can snag before and after. More than once Deniel wakes me for dinner, but tonight it’s my turn to wake him for another council meeting. I pause … More Chapter 19

Pasella Seed

A little girl marches into the shop with a group of disgruntled, only slightly older boys trailing behind her. “Welcome to Talmeri’s Teas and Tisanes,” I say. “How can I help you?” “I want the pasella seed tisane, please,” the girl announces. That’s a new one for me. “I’m not sure if we have any … More Pasella Seed

Chapter 18

I stay late, working on inventory until Lorwyn tells me she wants some privacy in the back and shoos me and Entero out. “How are you feeling?” I ask Entero. He’s been uncharacteristically quiet in the face of Lorwyn’s temper this afternoon, and I’m not sure if it’s out of consideration for her or if … More Chapter 18