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Vesta heats up

Auntie pressed something into Vesta’s hand. “Your uncle and I got this during one of our whirlwind trips.  It reminds me of carefree youthful days in love, and I want you to have it. Still in the city with Auntie, … Continue reading

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Scarlett

“God dammit, Scarlett, you know you’re my right-hand man!  You love New York, you love the publishing house!  A raise?  Will a raise change your mind?  More vacation time to spend with your little spinster enclave in the countryside?  You … Continue reading

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Velma

Velma gladly bundled into the empire state express train, stashing her traveling case and finding a quiet area at the end of the train.  She and Scarlett had talked and talked and talked about country living and city life.  And … 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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Scarlett

“Dear Velma, It is so exhilarating to be back in New York!  But first my darling, I must thank you for the country respite you offered me over the winter holidays.  You have a lovely location, and we’ve talked all … Continue reading

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Vesta

Vesta held her ring.  She pondered the holidays just passed and wondered how.  How did solstice transform into solemn religious observance and then into frenzied consumerism?  She knew how, of course, but it still seemed impossible sometimes.  The ring felt … Continue reading

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Velma

“I didn’t give Vesta her gift in hopes of reciprocity!” Scarlett felt she needed to explain. Velma shrugged.  Her gift from Vesta — a gorgeous creamy bag with delicate flowers — had been late, too.  Vesta had driven her around, … Continue reading

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Scarlett

Scarlett was never sure about Vesta.  Glancing over at her (late) gift from Vesta, she furrowed her brow.  Surely her lively presence did not inspire a brown gift, a gift of such practicality and lack of inspiration.  Did it?  Was … Continue reading

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Vesta

Vesta took stock of her holiday gifts.  In her academic life, she had rarely celebrated much of anything.  In an effort to fit in with the other spinsters at the rooming house, she’d feigned at least a passing interest in … Continue reading

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