Chapter 37: A proper view

Itsumi took a breath and smoothed her hands against her apron before finally stepping up onto the dias at the center of the store. She felt the eyes of the graders behind her, but the weight of their gaze was nothing compared to the joy of seeing the store from behind the main counter.   … Continue reading Chapter 37: A proper view

Chapter 36: Try and try and try

Miyo rubbed her eyes, blinked at the dark sky outside the doors of the teahouse. The night breeze brought goosebumps that she was only now noticing on her arms. She sighed, her breath stirring the piles of tea leaves scattered atop both the counter and the work table behind it, the kettle and the numerous … Continue reading Chapter 36: Try and try and try