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

Sparkweed Oil

“Okay, you both have to try this,” Lorwyn announces. I exchange a look with Meristo and shrug. Talmeri scheduled us to come in early to help receive a particularly large shipment, but at this point it’s clear the delivery won’t arrive today after all. Until the shop opens, we can attend to whatever tasks we … More Sparkweed Oil

A Coup of Tea: Chapter 2 (introduction)

I startle awake to hands shoving me roughly. “Hey, grace, where’s your ticket?” someone is asking. I blink rapidly into the face of a conductor. “I’m sorry?” I respond automatically, while part of my brain wonders if I have ever been addressed as “grace,” a common address of respect, rather than “highness.” “Where’s your ticket?” … More A Coup of Tea: Chapter 2 (introduction)