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Susan

Susan was beautiful. She had the biggest hair in the village. Her belly and her smile both glowed. She started helping in the bakery. Greek? Biracial? Italian? Chicano? Mulatto? Spanish? It was hard to tell. But Susan was the only … Continue reading

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Velma’s Outreach

Scarlett had returned to New York; Velma stood in line at the bakery for a cup of tea and a sweet. The beautiful young woman behind her in line smiled.  Velma did a double-take; the woman had her hand on … Continue reading

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Scarlett knows her place

“I’ll be big as a house!” Scarlett giggled to her friend. But she knew. Centrally located, inexpensive, and large. Some of the rooms needed makeovers. The pink room.  Perhaps all of them, in fact. But she was up for the … Continue reading

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Vesta Lingers in the City

Following a late night at the ballet, Vesta called Velma. “So I’m staying in the city a while longer to help Auntie sort out and move into just one of the bedrooms in her townhouse.” Vesta and Auntie were grand … Continue reading

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Velma Shares her Bed!

Excited to have company, Velma got one of the other spinsters to drive her to the station, wait, and bring Scarlett and Sherman back to the rooming house. Cases up the steps, across the porch, up to Velma’s bed and … Continue reading

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Velma Sings

Velma was listening to the radio, thinking about the city townhouse where she would soon have a room of her very own. She was quite looking forward to living with Sherman, the black cat following a long line of black … Continue reading

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Scarlett Charges Ahead

“Oh girls, I’m so excited for this weekend!  Listen, you two settle in.  Unpack, have a shower. I’ll order some takeout and get out the sangria and a map of New York.  We’ll talk cash and neighborhoods.” Scarlett retrieved the … Continue reading

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Vesta Takes Off

Vesta was ready!  Her bag was packed and stowed in the trunk.  She was just waiting for Velma.   She’d adopted the friends’ custom of exchanging little tokens at each meeting.  Vesta had always given grudgingly, rolling her eyes at … Continue reading

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Velma makes a match

She plucked a white chair from the front porch.  In the garden she made a spot in the lavender and just dumped all her yarn on the flagstones.  Onlookers would think her mad, surely.  She undid half-finished projects in the … Continue reading

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Vesta feels a rock

At the rooming house kitchenette, Vesta ground some rich coffee with chicory and put it on the old stove to percolate.  She was expecting Velma any minute to discuss buying a flat together and their trip to New York  — together … Continue reading

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