Delwinder Extract

A/N: Happy Thanksgiving week! I’m heading out of town and will be back with a new chapter next week.    “I hold you both personally responsible for this,” Meristo groans, flopping into a chair. “I’m never moving again. It’s incredible I made it this far.” Lorwyn manages to sound profoundly unconcerned as she asks, “What … More Delwinder Extract

Gelasa Bark

Meristo enters the office and closes the door behind him. “Miyara, I’ll take on handling the front on my own if you need to finish the accounting today,” he says without preamble. “But please tell Taseino to go home.” His expression is uncharacteristically serious, and I frown, already rising. “He looked fine earlier.” “I thought … More Gelasa Bark

Prismatic Cloudcrystals

The door to the back bangs open. “Miyara!” Lorwyn snaps. “Get back here.” Lorwyn knows better than to make an outburst like that in front of customers, so I don’t bother addressing that and just raise my eyebrows with a bland expression. “Of course, I’ll be with you in a moment.” “You’d better,” she mutters. … More Prismatic Cloudcrystals

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

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

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

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