Installment #1 by Jennifer M. Eaton
Marci reached up and plucked a fresh shiny leaf from the branch above her. The tips of her fingers poked out above the majestic three-spiked edges of the damp greenery.
Not quite big enough.
A cool breeze pushed back the sweltering heat of midday, cooling her wet brow with the sweet tingle of its embrace. Marci closed her eyes, and breathed deeply of the wind’s fresh rejuvenating essence.
Above, the tree quaked and fluttered, dancing and rejoicing in the breeze’s light flirty kiss. The newly formed branches swayed, revealing older, darker leaves beneath the fresh growth.
Marci reached up, and pulled down the branch. Dozens of leaves larger than her hand hid snugly near the base of the sprigs, hiding beneath the new foliage. They glistened with morning dew yet to be burnt away by the afternoon sun.
“There they are,” Marci said, reaching within.
She closed her eyes and moved her fingers through the cool greens, grazing each vein of the immaculate leaves until one quivered beneath her touch. A smile crossed her lips. She held her hand steady, and reveled in satisfaction as the leaf warmed to her touch. “Gotcha.”
A gently tug broke the greenery free. She held her prize up to the golden rays of the sun. Droplets of dew sparkled before disappearing, returning to the clouds to fall another day. The leaf now dry, Marci’s practiced hands wrapped the delicate edges in a moistened white cloth. She slipped her parcel between the pages of her book for safe-keeping.
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Part One – Jennifer M Eaton
Part Two – Jenny Keller Ford
Part Three – Susan Roebuck
Part Four by — Elin Gregory
Part Five — Eileen Snyder
Part Six – Mikaela Wire
Part Seven — Vanessa Chapman
Part Eight — Ravena Guron
Part Nine – Vikki Thompson
Part Eleven — Kate Johnston AKA 4AMWriter
Part Twelve — Julie Catherine
Part Thirteen — Kai Damian
Part Fourteen — Richard Leonard
Part Fifteen — Sharon Manship
Part Sixteen – Shannon Blue Christensen
Part Seventeen — Bryn Jones
Part Eighteen — Jennifer M. Eaton
Part Nineteen — Shannon Burton
Part Twenty — J.Keller Ford
Part Twenty-One — Susan Roebuck
Part Twenty-Two — Elin Gregory
Part Twenty-Three — Aparnauteur
Part Twenty-Four — Vanessa Chapman
Part Twenty-Five — Ravena Guron
Part Twenty Six — Susan Rocan
Part Twenty Seven — Kate Johnson
Part Twenty Eight – Julie Catherine
Part Twenty Nine — Kai Damian
Part Thirty — Richard Leonard
Part Thirty-One —Sharon Manship
Part Thirty-Two — Shannon Christensen
Part Thirty-Three — Danielle Ackley McPhail
Part Thirty-Four — Siv Maria Ottem
Part Thirty-Five — Susan Roebuck
Part Thirty-Six — Jennifer M. Eaton
Part Thirty-Seven — Elin Gregory
Part Thirty-Eight — Ravena Guron
Part Thirty-Nine — Nicky Wells
Part Forty — Norah Jansen
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