Excerpt from Chapter – “Tears in the Tea”

Published February 16, 2017

Tommie sat at a distance, a black-and-white collie by a
chicken house stoop, well across the yard, well apart from
the house.

Alice ventured out for the second time, joining the ordinary
items and gloves she had gathered below the garden, near the
smallest of the apple trees. Three buckets of water sat to one side
of the trunk. They seemed an interruption to the view, while her
other things were lost in the grass. She wore no hat—feeling herself
an outstanding pale, even her clothes, a harsh reflection of the
sun. In her mind Alice had welcomed the coming shade. She felt
anxious to reach the comfort and cover of the private little
orchard.