Post Schedule Update

ETA: Apologies, I’ll actually be out of town for Thanksgiving! So I’ll have a Tea Shop Interlude coming for missing a week, and regular chapters will resume the first week of December. Hi friends, I’ve been avoiding doing this for longer than I should have, because I wanted to get through this book with what … More Post Schedule Update

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

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

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

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