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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tea Leaf Tales: Hard economic times for orange house brownies

My husband and I always keep a chess board set up with an ongoing game between us. Usually we play during winters, when we get a few cold days that keep us inside, ones that dip into the lower 70s or even 60s and make us Floridians bundle up in sweaters—brrr! 

But this winter, it’s been pleasant, lots of abnormal highs, and we’ve been outside so much that we don’t ever meet up at the game board. We place a marker to indicate whose turn it is, which helps, but I have trouble remembering the action of the last move. 

Yesterday, while I was out poking in the flower beds, I found this little orange guy trembling and trying his best to hide under some bougainvillea flowers of the same hue.

He told me he’d like a job as a brownie, even though he was orange, that times were hard for orange brownies in this economy, and that he came well qualified with recommendations, if I was interested.

I said I was sorry but didn’t need a house faery, then recalled my problems with our chess games, which he said was right up his alley. I didn’t know whether to believe him but invited him inside and was immediately convinced when, without any direction from me toward the battle field, he hopped onto the game table, made himself at home, and has been acting as a sort of long-term referee for several days now.

Since I’m a fantasy writer, my husband accused me of manipulating fae magic to my benefit.

I told him to go find his own orange brownie under the bougainvillea to hire, and he just shook his head while galloping his knight out of danger.

Tea Leaf Tales is a series of original ten-sentence short stories by Marsha A. Moore, relating to photos/scenes that resonate with her.
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED, and Book Three, LOST VOLUMES. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.