Those who know Arthur Slipdeal watch every change of season with great anticipation and vie to predict the results of his next enterprise.
Something about the weather, a scent or spell carried by a fresh breeze, seems to perk Arthur’s zest and catapults his enthusiasm.
Oblivious to the cold, he’d met last winter head on hawking buck-naked underwear for total freedom of mind and movement, then copper-threaded knee braces to banish every ache and pain, and finally one pillow to please the world of sleepers. Each new product was a sure hit and his future to being rich…until it didn’t, and he wasn’t.
Undeterred, the start of this spring has him hopping with a new sales idea, the best ever, with magic enough to blind and bind them all—microgardening. Certain to sell, following hot on the heals of the popular microbrewing trend. And for those inclined to myth and legend, Arthur has a different sales pitch. What could be better than plants that will attract real fairies to a garden, wonderful for gardeners and fantasy-lovers alike. With appeal to so many varied customers, how could he fail?
Those keeping tabs on Arthur’s endeavors are taking bets on the longeveity of the tiny plants’ magic, some expecting it to defy frost and even freeze, while others say it’ll wilt in the first summer heat—so get your wagers in soon.
Tea Leaf Tales is a series of original ten-sentence short stories by Marsha A. Moore, relating to photos/scenes that resonate with her.*~*~*