Tuesday Tales – Summer – Witch Way

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felicityWelcome back to Tuesday Tales!  This weeks prompt is to be inspired by the word Summer.

Well, The Wolf is done, and while I must work on Witch Way, this weeks word prompt just didn’t fit. It also didn’t fit into Natural Selection. So this week I’m starting a new story. I believe it’ll be fantasy, but I haven’t figured it out completely yet.

This week’s prompt fell into my current WIP for the Holidays in Lake Point series, Witch Way. Felicity and Craig have been having a hot and heavy few meet and greets. Felicity is in it for a fling with a hot fireman, but she gets some advice from a trusted source:

Felicity dropped her bag in the mud room and kicked off her shoes. Before she even made it to the door she stripped out of her jacket and skirt. The moment her shirt hit the floor, a dress flew her way. She caught it on and slipped the simple black dress over her head. “Thanks, Patty. One more minute in that suit and I was going to burst.”

“You’re home late.” Near the window, Patty rearranged the plants for better light. The woman could have been Felicity’s mother, they looked so similar, with the exception of the grey streak at the front of her black locks, which were cut short in a cute bob as opposed to Felicity’s own long locks. “Wouldn’t have anything to do with that McAlister boy, would it?”

“Has the all-knowing Patty been peeking into her crystal ball again?” Felicity couldn’t quite keep the sardonic tone from her voice, but Patty only chuckled in response.

“Don’t be silly. I saw you on the square today. I told you that boy would grow up into a handsome young man.”

“Yes, he did. However, it’s just a fling, like all the others.”

“Oh, I doubt that.”

Felicity tensed a few feet behind Patty. She’d been about to give her aunt a hello kiss, but Patty’s knowing tone gave her pause. “Why do you say that?”

“I pulled the cards soon as I got home.”

“You promise you wouldn’t do that to me.” Felicity sighed and bypassed her aunt to perch on the counter. She popped a couple of grapes off the stem in the nearby fruit bowl. “You’re too close to do an accurate reading. Your feelings on the matter influence the cards.”

“No, not always. In this situation I wasn’t sure how to feel. After all, he wasn’t exactly the nicest boy when you were younger. I was worried for you, the cards eased my mind.”

“Because you wanted them to.” Felicity would never dismiss a good tarot reading, and Patty was the best, but Patty had also been the one that taught her how your own feelings could influence a reading.

“Would it make a difference if I told you I called Celeste as well?”

“Unfortunately, it would.”

“She got the exact same reading as I did. Card for card. Craig is a good man, and he’s meant to be around for a while.”

“Once the fling is flung he’ll be gone as the summer.”

“The summer does not depart until tomorrow, and Craig won’t pass with it.”

Felicity groaned and dropped her head into her hands. “I wanted a fling, Patty.”

“You’re getting a little old to be flinging yourself around.”

“No woman in our family has ever maintained a relationship with a man. Ever.”

“No woman has ever been like you, my darling girl.” Patty smoothed her hands over Felicity’s hair, pulling the ends over her shoulders. “Look at me.”

“I’m just like you, and you’ve said I’m just like my mother. My father left her soon as he heard about me and she up and died during childbirth.”

“And you, Felicity. You are more than either of us either were. You have managed to find the balance we never could. I am all crazy witch lady, your mother went straight normal, even faking church-going to soothe your father’s mind. When he found out the truth, thanks to Samhain, that’s when he left. It wasn’t about you.”

“And yet, it was.”

“He didn’t know. He never knew. I tried to contact him, but he refused to listen to me. Your mother blamed herself. None of that matters now. What matters now is who you are. I think you are the one that can keep a man, and keep your balance.”

“I don’t want to.” Felicity clasped her aunt’s hands in her own. “All of this feels like a curse. A hex on our family.”

“There is no such thing, we just suck at relationships.” Patty smiled. “You should give this a good chance before you dismiss it.”

“I just don’t know.” Truthfully, relationships scared her. Probably because no one ever stook around all that long. Plus, Craig hadn’t been too far off. Old teasing and taunts had followed her through childhood into her adult years.

“Have you told him the truth?”

“No. He can’t even say the word witch in my presence. He couldn’t handle it.”

“I think you should try.”

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14 Responses to “Tuesday Tales – Summer – Witch Way”

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  1. V.L. Locey says:

    Love it! The dialog is nice and crisp. Well done!
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  2. Jean says:

    Can’t even say the word, eh? I guess he’s got a big surprise coming.Or does he know already? Very intriguing story starting here. I like her insistence it’s only temporary and Patty disagreeing. Great story unfolding here.

    • Sarah Cass says:

      I think he does 😉 But I guess we’ll have to see what his reaction is. There is a reason he can’t say it…but I can’t tell you what that is yet 😀 Thanks so much, Jean. I’m having fun with this one…but I have GOT to focus on it and get it done ASAP! 😀

  3. I love the setup of her background. There’s lots of angst and conflict regarding relationships and her true self. I’m looking forward to more. Nicely done.
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  4. Iris says:

    Sarah at her best …. dialogue! 🙂

  5. Trisha Faye says:

    I’m only upset that the scene ended. I wanted to keep reading until the end of the book.
    Of course, I have a few witchy friends of my own, so the whole storyline is enjoyable to read, cards and crystal balls included. Loved the Samhain reference too.
    Keep us posted on when this is out, I want to read the whole thing!
    Trisha Faye recently posted..Starting Over – #3

    • Sarah Cass says:

      I’ll let you in on a little secret, Trisha…you can add one more witch-friend to your list 😉 Glad you enjoyed it…the book will be out in October, although I don’t have the exact release date just yet. 😀 I’ll keep you posted!

  6. JILLIAN says:

    This is awesome. Lots of great one-liners – love all the fling and flung – very cute.

    I like the way you seamlessly slid in some back story as well.
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  7. Tabitha Shay says:

    Love that line…You’re getting too old to fling yourself around? I hope I got it right…This sounds like a terrific read…Hot summer romance whether summer fits into it or not…

  8. Wonderful interplay between the two women. Love Aunt Patty.

  9. good start to a new story, can’t wait to see where this leads to.