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Sweet Thyme Baby – 30

 

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She opened the gate, and there he was, smiling at her in the moonlight, holding something in his hand.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 29

 

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She had told Ted White that the Sea Meadows were a resource for wildflowers and could not be spared; but there were wildflower fields in other parts of the garden. And if she had to sell any portion of the garden, the Sea Meadows were the least disruptive because they were at the northern extreme, on the far side of the Cloud Forest, and would be easy to access from College Road. The buildings would go up, the traffic would arrive and she would barely notice it. It would be wrong to sacrifice the Sea Meadows for townhouses or a golf course; but this place Lance described, it honestly sounded like a good thing. The world might be better for its existence.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 28

 

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The screen door slammed behind Lance as he followed her onto the terrace. He spread his arms wide. “It’s beautiful in the garden this time of year. The bounty of creation all around us.”


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 27

 

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Maggie baked when she was worried and as far as Dee could tell she had been worried for days. There were chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies and a couple of lemon meringue pies on the counter. Two loaves of bread were rising on the shelf over the stove. She was glazing cinnamon rolls now.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 26

 

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The Cabrillo Inn was a complex of renovated two-story bungalows surrounded by a stone wall blazing with pink and purple bougainvillea. On the interior side of an elaborately curlicued iron gate, a flagstone patio curved around the largest bungalow which housed the kitchen, dining and reception rooms downstairs and the owner’s suite above. It was pricey at the Cabrillo Inn, and Lance had never been there before. He opened the front door and a brass bell jangled in the back of the house. He heard a voice and then a door slam. On the tile counter in the vestibule there was a blue ceramic pitcher filled with red and white flowers.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 25

 

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The tennis ball thunked the wall, rattled the framed photo of Sharon and Hamish, and bounced back into Lance’s hand. He tossed it again.  Thunk again. Bounce. Catch. Toss. Thunkbouncecatch.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 24

 

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Eddie Mann didn’t act surprised when she showed up at his office.


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 23

 

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This was Victor’s big break. “I’ll get some experience, we’ll make money and we’ll be together. After this, things can take off for us, Honey girl.”


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 22

 

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Dee left the wagon full of hens and chickens on the path by the pepper tree and walked the long way back to the house, passed the largest pond and north to the path that connected the gate on Wood Road to the bluffs. She stopped on the way to check a field of cosmos where the first batch of pink and magenta flower heads had begun to wilt. She would gather seed in a few weeks and begin the fall seedlings.  Along the creek, the mounds of impatiens were doing well including the delicate triple pinks. These needed to be divided and potted. Impatiens were dependable sellers year ‘round. Or was she fooling herself, losing her anxiety in plans that would never came to fruition and if they did would be utterly wasted on the City Treasurer?


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Sweet Thyme Baby – 21

 

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Lance sat at his gun metal gray desk in his office at the Cabrillo Community Church with his elbows on the accounts ledger spread open before him on the green blotter. He chewed the inside of his cheek and tasted blood as he scanned the predictable monthly expenses – telephone and electric, the lease on the copy machine and the computer he still had not mastered, the mingy pittance paid out in wages, money for the government, the outlay for Christian education and an occasional good deed.

 
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