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Scarlett Takes Off

Scarlett had had enough packing! She donned her travelling dress. She called the train station. She made a reservation. She packed her suitcase. This hip shop has great vintage luggage! http://www.etsy.com/shop/ValiseVisa Boxes, newspaper, dust! Scarlett had had enough packing. She … 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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Vesta

Vesta’s first thought about the city was surprising: it was Jean.  It was him when they traveled to New York together from Paris — a millenium ago.  They were in love.  Or something akin to love. His bed-tousseled hair, stubble … Continue reading

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Scarlett

Scarlett sat at her city kitchen table making lists and juggling numbers.  She wasn’t really retirement age; certainly not Mandatory Retirement age!  But a lifetime of childless urbanity had set her up for some financial choicemaking.  It would be tight.  … Continue reading

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Vesta

Vesta waited by her old Ford for her friend to de-train, anxious to tell about her latest letter from Jean.  She still couldn’t believe all he’d written in it.  And her uncharacteristic, uninhibited response!  She giggled to herself as the … Continue reading

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Vesta

A steaming cup of tea, a good book and a sunny window are the best of pleasures.  Vesta cradled her cup and settled into the overstuffed chair in the shared den of the rooming house. She loved George Eliot and … Continue reading

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Velma

Velma climbed out of Vesta’s Model A at the train station, leaving with mixed feelings.  She would miss Vesta, and this was good – it meant the women’s rooming house had  become home, and her pining for young urban days … Continue reading

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Vesta

Vesta’s cheeks burned!  Yes, her letter from Jean was racy – perhaps a little more than racy – but it was unexpected, too.  Vesta and Jean had … been together… off and on for decades, and neither of them seemed … Continue reading

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Velma

The card was postmarked New York, New York; tearing the envelope revealed Scarlett’s signature color first, then a gorgeous energetic card.  Then out slipped a check.  Velma sighed.  Her city friend did not give up; she might as well start … Continue reading

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Scarlett

How could a busiest city in the world be so hideously lonely? Skipping the park path at dusk with Velma had been giddy festive fun; a single day later it was a trudge. Scarlett knew that losing Sherman  changed her … Continue reading

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