Flickerwind Petals

“Miyara, is everything okay?” Meristo calls into the back. “We have a full shop—I could use some backup.” “Missing ingredient I need to whip up a batch for a customer’s order,” I explain. “Told you they weren’t back there,” Lorwyn says smugly. “And you could have told me when you last looked for them and … More Flickerwind Petals

Lellabean Extract

“We’re looking for sponsors for a new business venture, and we thought you might be interested in partnering with us.” I’m used to this sort of request by now, but she is the first Gaellani to come bearing one. Although the requests are rarely in line with our store mission, I wish I could be … More Lellabean Extract

Patchberry Nectar

“Hi!” The young man flashes an overly bright smile at me. “My name is Manillo, and I was hoping to speak to someone in charge in regards to your shipping service. May I ask to whom I’m speaking?” Poorly behaved customers are not the only variety of bother to increase in the aftermath of the … More Patchberry Nectar

Zalfrey Venom

Taseino approaches the counter, his expression impassive. “I take it you heard all that?” My expression must be equally careful. “Oh yes,” I say. It’s a new customer who has heard of zalfrey venom, an ingredient just discovered in the Cataclysm. She’s demanding tea made from it, and won’t accept “anything less.” As it turns … More Zalfrey Venom

Taking A Week

Hi folks, Due to a storm of… honestly largely mundane factors (pro tip I advise strongly against trying to type long-form fiction on a device with a dying space bar, aaaaaaaggh) I’m going to give myself a week off for the story but mostly for my brain to build a bit of buffer. (Not an … More Taking A Week

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

Summer Madness

Hi folks! Quick update about the upcoming serial schedule: this week I’m heading out to 4th Street Fantasy, so as is customary I’ll be posting a Tea Shop Interlude in place of a chapter this week. Chapter 8 will be up next week on June 20th. That said, there’s going to be a substantial break … More Summer Madness