From bad to worse

For Pelion, the world was a forest on fire, the dangers not in simmer and glow, but rather in fright and chaos. She tried to run but couldn’t. Tried to fight, but slammed against that invisible barrier of fear, in her heart, yes, and in her mind. She could feel herself hyperventilating as she snatched…

Enough is enough

Snow as cold as the heart of Dundee Greer began to trickle in soft flakes and pepper the ground white. The alternate tour of the town of Devon was turning out to be anything but adventurous for Pelion, who had been following a ghost trail for almost an hour in the forest with high heels….

Leading to the edge of basically nowhere

So what, Pelion had come all this way for nothing but a patch of dirt? Following Dundee Greer, the descendant of the other founder of Devon, was shaping up to be a big fat overgrown mistake. This guy had truly lost his marbles, if he had ever had any to begin with. Next thing you…

Where it happened

In bare branches of treetops high above, black-capped chickadees flitted about and sang in melodic songs. Freshly fallen snow tipped from a branch and splatted on Pelion’s cashmere jacket, which she promptly and frustratingly brushed away. The path around the bend narrowed, past hemlocks and beech trees, as Pelion and Dundee trudged forward.  So okay,…

Mountain goat grace

To be honest, Pelion had no idea what to wear when she left the Jones’ house in the morning. Julie had just said there would be a “walking tour,” but she didn’t specify how long. Three hours, yes, three. That sort of made Pelion’s decision to wear high heels a bit … foolish after the…

To the truth

Later that afternoon, Eve drove down to the town hall in search of Pelion. She was wondering how she was getting along and if she needed a friend for an hour or two. Eve was starting to like her. Surprisingly, they had a lot in common – the fiery, vivacious energy of a go-getter that…

Into the woods

The late afternoon was getting cold after the snowfall. Still, Devon was a peaceful place away from the hullabaloo of city noise that so often distracted people from enjoying a quiet life free from distractions. The air felt chilly but refreshing. Pelion liked it here. So far, she’d seen the best of people who lived…