Afternoon Tea in Amberley Lane – Gayle Beveridge – 1700 words (Fantasy)
When journalist Debbie Delaney receives an invitation to afternoon tea with the town’s crazy lady and a centenarian with a secret, her curiosity gets the better of her. What is the secret Debbie alone has been chosen to hear and why does she feel so at home in Amberley Lane?
Afternoon Tea in Amberley Lane
The letter, handwritten on scented paper in near perfect script, arrived on Monday morning. Debbie had read it a dozen times since. Eileen Patrick was a recluse, politely referred to as eccentric, but a little bit crazy in a ‘no harm to anybody’ sort of way. It was rare for her to venture out of her house and no one could remember an invitation to visit having been extended. As a young girl, Debbie had been warned to stay well clear of the strange old lady in Amberley Lane and so was both curious and apprehensive. As mysterious as the invitation itself, was the identity of ‘House’ and the secret to be told by the centenarian.
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