It’s Sneak Peek Sunday!
Today I’m offering another 6 paragraphs from my work in progress — The Changeling.
Coming soon to paperback and ebook at booksellers everywhere.
Setting the Stage:
In this scene, Lenox takes tea with his mother Amelia. She’s received a letter from the Fey queen that says clearly they’ll come for Lenox at the end of the year. In a twist of fate, a distant relative has passed away, giving Amelia reason to send her son out of harm’s way. (previously revealed details: Lenox is a changeling and Amelia has raised him as her own. And Queen Oonnagh plans to revive an ancient barbarism and offer Lenox as a sacrifice during the Ride to Tithe.)
She poured me a cup of tea and set it before me. I knew that mannerism as well as I knew my own name. Tea was the proverbial calm before the storm. I said, “Uh oh. What do you need me to fix, Mother?”
“Can’t I take tea with my baby boy?” She demurred. “You know how I like quizzing you on my blends.”
No, there was more here than that. I eyed her suspiciously and her blue eyes sparkled back at me. Lady Pendry had a penchant for dabbling. She dabbled in works of art by collecting new artists she had a hunch on, she dabbled in orchids and exotic plants, she dabbled in the Royal Ascot, specifically in the creation of enormously flamboyant hats suitable for race day, and she dabbled in Indian tea blends. She also dabbled in the lives of everyone around her. Of the latter, she possessed a keen sense and could often tell at a glance if a match could be made between this person and that. Of the art, the old dear had not one whit of business sense. Nothing showed that so well as our gallery of dubious masterpieces. Fortunately, my father had left his estate well-cared for before he died relatively young from a ruptured appendix.
I sipped her newest blend of tea and tasted jasmine, apple, oolong and something else. I voiced my appreciation and sipped again determined to identify the new flavor. “Very nice. I detect a different note, a sweeter apple? No…pear. You’ve added pear…and rosehips. A lovely blend, Mother. Your pinochle ladies with adore it.”
She smiled. “Wonderful! I’ve promised them a new flavor this afternoon. I swear darling, you have the keenest senses of anyone I have ever known.”
I chuckled. “Your pastimes have made me all I am Mother…taste this tea Lenox, smell that rose Lenox. My senses sharpened out of self-defense.” At her laugh I asked, “So what did you need of me exactly?” I raised my cup to her, “I’m certain it has nothing to do with this newest blend.”
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
~ Dr. Seuss
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