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Susan gets a grip

Susan was stunned to have met her mother. After all these years! And it turned out she knew her mother and found her abrasive. Susan put her mind to a clean-out and tried to understand. She scrubbed furiously. Vesta was her mother. … Continue reading

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Velma organizes it all

        Velma had had enough drama.     Time to get back to the library.             Where all questions had answers.   All things had a place.       She would … Continue reading

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Vesta meets her daughter

      Vesta stared out the window.                   Susan made tea in the little kitchen. It was so uncomfortable.   The baby woke up. “My God, I have a grandchild!” Vesta … Continue reading

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Vesta knows

    Vesta woke with a start, with Leon on her mind. Was it him? Or was it Susan? And Vesta knew. It was Susan. Susan was her daughter.

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Velma wants harmony

    Stitch. “I think you two would like each other” Stitch. “if you spent more time together.” Stitch. Vesta doubted it, and her face said so. Stitch. Velma’s perfect collar felt tight. Stitch. She didn’t usually press. Stitch. But … Continue reading

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Vesta goes back in time

Vesta wondered why Susan made her bristle. And how old was she? Sometimes Vesta indulged in her most private memories, tucked in a hollowed book. She smiled.  The one that got away. She put the  pictures back.  Time for lunch … Continue reading

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Vesta and Jean

It was a joke. An intimate little joke. When they met, each had a card for the other. This time Jean gave her a fine art photo. After the gift exchange, they went down to the lobby for cocktails and … Continue reading

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Susan and her belly come to the party

Susan was getting big. But she got to Velma’s party and sat. She knew Velma, who doted on Susan and her belly. She was surprised to meet Scarlett, with her splashy pumps and short dress — how different she was … Continue reading

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Velma throws a party

Velma twittered around getting everything ready. She had been inspired by an old friend’s tradition of hosting an annual twelfth night party. Velma laid the table in the rooming house’s guest dining room.   She made her Gram’s famous 7-layer … Continue reading

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Scarlett rushes off to New York

Scarlett packed for a trip to New York. Popped on her favorite hat and coat. She ran two blocks for the train. On the train, she arranged her handmade cherry lariat– a gift from Don when she left the publishing … Continue reading

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