Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 13

(Chapter 6 continued) Robert laughed as he held out a chair to her, the one facing the door. "My mother's idea. The women usually expect the grand dining room with the mile long table, extravagant foods, and servers at five foot intervals. This is her way of bringing them down a notch." Elaina raised a … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 13

NaNo My Way

I'm a reader and a writer. Or should that be a writer and a reader? My mom tells me I fell in love with books before I could read and that I used to sit outside and tell myself stories when I was 2, so it's hard to know which one came first. But reading … Continue reading NaNo My Way

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 12

Chapter Six Abigail was another older woman. This time, there wasn't such a huge age difference. She was only ten years older. She was a teacher who had just been laid off, very sweet and very obviously a Kindergarten teacher. Sometimes she treated me like a child, and now I understand why she was single. … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 12

Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 11

(Chapter Five continued) A sudden banging at the door made them jump. "Who could that be?" Poppy asked as James went to answer the door. "A jealous girl?" Lily ventured, shrugging. "No one was happy when only Elaina was chosen. You should have seen the murderous looks!" Loud, and rapid, footsteps thudded towards them. James … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 11

Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 10

Chapter Five Jane was much older than me. You could say I was going through a phase. Older women were simply much more appealing. My mother wasn't happy, and that only further encouraged me. Jane was two decades older, quite matronly. She doted on me as though I were a favorite nephew. We passed many evenings with wonderful … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 10

Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 9

(Chapter Four continued) "So, what would you like to talk about?" she asked. Robert took a moment to slowly stir some sugar into his tea. From the way his forehead creased, she was content to stay quiet and let him mull his words over. It was oddly refreshing to be in the company of a … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 9

Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 8

Chapter Four Elizabeth. So mature. Well, she was ten years older than me. I could tell she didn't really like me. But she did love the finer things in life. She held out as long as she could, the longest at four months, but even she cracked. She loved stilettos, so I planted the Stiletto … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 8

Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 7

(Chapter Three continued) Robert stood watching from his study. He saw Elaina's fright, the gathering of girls, and the long minutes of words being exchanged. He tapped his foot impatiently, wondering what was going on down there. It had never taken a girl so long to run into the Hall and throw herself at him. … Continue reading Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 7