💗It’s Day 5 of the #TopsyTurvyRelationships writing challenge over on Instagram! Yesterday I posted a snippet from a draft of Templeton’s Tale. Today Emily Swift has lunch…with her late father. Here we go!
Emily Swift stood in her kitchen slathering mustard on a piece of bread.
Her head dropped back. Gah! It was lunchtime. “Can’t it wait?”
Resigning herself to another Turvy day, Emily grabbed a coat and reached for the closest door. She was sucked on through before she pulled up her own door travel energy.
The mouth-watering scents of The Sweet Spot surrounded her. At the counter, plump little Tuesday held out a brown bag. “I was told you’d need a lunch puff.”
Emily peeked inside. “Cheese and bacon?”
Tuesday nodded. “Brown said you only needed one. You’re supposed to head to the statue in the park.”
Emily’s heart twisted, but she smiled anyway. “Thanks, Tuesday.”
“Go,” Tuesday shooed her. “Before it snows again.”
Emily waved goodbye to the baker. Ten minutes later she strolled along one of the paved walkways winding through the park. It was a sunny winter day in Vue.
She circled the statue of her father, peering up at him as she passed. A nearby park bench was dry – courtesy of the sunshine. Sitting, she pulled out her lunch and gazed at the larger-than-life likeness of Daniel Swift.
“Hi Dad,” she said before taking a bite of the pastry. “I have no idea why I was sent here, but it’s good to see you. A lot’s happened since I last visited.”
Emily focused on the food in her hand. “I wish you could know what we did – what we won and what we lost.”
She swallowed around the lump in her throat. “But I’ve made great friends in the Empire.” She raised her eyes. “Even Templeton.”
The statue stared past her toward Sight Sea.
“Rabbit’s great. All the Rabbits are,” Emily continued. “Anne’s in Kincaid now, and I visit my friend Lucie in Matar. She’s a witch. Believe it or not, she’s sort of an item with Templeton.”
Emily picked at the puff. “Jack and I are doing fine, too.”
The one-sided conversation lasted until the sun slid behind a cloud and snow fell. She stood, shoving the empty lunch bag into a pocket. At the base of the statue, her hand rested against the cold stone. “It was good talking to you. I miss you.”
With that Emily turned, searching for a door to take her home.
💗 This writing challenge runs from February 15 – 28! Stay tuned as tomorrow the next prompt is: The Bachelor / Bachelorette. Who gets the rose? (That post is now available – click here!)
Readers – Not on Instagram?
That’s okay! I’ll be sharing my Instagram posts daily here on my blog site AND daily on Facebook at Writer Tracy Brown so you can read them there, too. Make sure you check for a new story every day from February 15 through February 28!
What’s This Mean for Door to Door & Bellerose Witchline Characters?
I’ll be dropping Emily Swift, Lucie Bellerose, Templeton, Rabbit, Tara, Sebastian, and the rest of the crazy crew into a story matching the relationship-themed “prompt of the day” from the challenge.
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