“Presents” from Above

If you missed my post from Saturday, here is the link, To Surf or Not to Surf …

The following story is Part 2. For my recent followers who haven’t seen any of my stories about Santa’s elves before, they are recurring characters. Santa’s elves started out as a Christmas story post a few years back,  but they were too fun for just a one time post, so they will pop up every so often. Enjoy! 

 

The waves were rising higher, they were perfect for surfing but Mason was having a hard time today. He had wiped out a couple times already. Instead of the song “Surfing Safari” going through his head, it was the “Wipe Out” tune that kept playing. After a few more spills, Mason decided that he may as well give it up for today and try again tomorrow. While swimming back to shore, he looked around, hoping the elves  hadn’t been watching him today. He still found it hard to believe that he had talked to Santa’s elves. He really didn’t know what to think. If he went back to the coffee shop and told Cara that he and Tippner had talked to Santa’s elves, she would lose it! Once she stopped laughing, she would tell him that he was “off his rocker!” and maybe she would be right! 

Thinking about the coffee shop made him start to worry a little. With Cara in charge, who knew what he would come back too! Telling himself to not think about the coffee shop right now he wondered about Tippner, hopefully he was having a good morning. 

What a beautiful day, there wasn’t a cloud to be seen in the bright blue sky. Tippner was feeling happy and carefree. He hadn’t gone surfing with Mason this morning, for he had wanted to do some sightseeing. He had decided to rent a bicycle for the day and ride by the water. It was turning out to be a great decision, as he rode along with a gentle breeze at his back. 

SQUAWK! SQUAWK! A swarm of seagulls came out of nowhere and were diving for his head.  SPLAT! SPLAT! SPLAT! Tippner felt the goo running down his head, onto his neck. He was biking as fast as he could but the seagulls followed him. What was wrong with them! CRASH! He ran into a bush, and fell over the handlebars right into the middle of it. At least it was a soft landing and the seagulls flew away. 

Tippner climbed out of the bush and heard laughter from nearby. He looked around and spotted the elves he had seen earlier in the week. They were sitting on the park bench with their friends and all of them had amusement on their faces. 

“If I had known I was going to see such a great show, I would have brought popcorn along.” said Alabaster with a grin. 

Tippner shook his head, feeling the “presents” that the birds had left on it. He felt self conscious, but said HI, and Snowball introduced him to Jinx and Tink. 

“Where is your friend that you were with the other day?” Snowball asked. 

“He wanted to surf some more, I thought I would do some sightseeing.” 

“Well you got a close up view of that bush and those birds sure seemed to have it in for you!” Snowball said. 

“I would stay and talk, but yes the seagulls did have it in for me.  Now I need to go clean off their “presents!” so, if you will excuse me.” 

They couldn’t hold back their laughter as they said goodbye and watched him ride away. 

“So are you all ready to go tour the Everglades and maybe see some alligators?” asked Snowball. 

“Yes!” said Jinx, with the rest echoing in agreement. 

They started walking to catch a bus to take them to the Everglades. Tink was so glad that his stomach was feeling a lot better, he had been sure to steer clear of the bacon on the breakfast buffet at their hotel. 

Mason was all showered and cleaned up when Tippner walked into the hotel room. Mason looked at him and opened his mouth to speak, but Tippner said, “Don’t say a word! Don’t ask me about my morning, and I don’t ever want to see a flying seagull again!” He walked into the bathroom and closed the door. Mason stared at the door thinking that perhaps his morning hadn’t been as bad as he thought. He may have kept getting swept off of his surfboard, but at least no birds flew over his head, leaving presents behind. 

Later in the day Mason and Tippner decided to take their beach chairs and go out and sit on the beach for awhile. Sitting in the sun and hearing the sound of the waves made both of them fall asleep for a little. They woke up when they felt the cool water on their feet. 

“Whoa! I think we better move our chairs!” Tippner said. 

Mason quickly jumped up, and bent down to grab his sandals. “Where are my shoes. I had put them right…” Tippner and him watched as a big wave came right to the spot where he was pointing at. 

“This is only a guess, but I have a strong feeling that you have lost your shoes. I think they are swimming in the ocean right now.” Tippner said. 

The rest of the day was fortunately uneventful. They were able to enjoy relaxing on the beach, and even did a little more surfing in the evening. This time Mason stayed on his surfboard. 

As they were walking back to the hotel they saw the elves walking just a little ahead of them. Should they call out to them they wondered. Then Jangle turned around and saw them. “Hey everyone, look who is behind us!” The other elves turned around and greeted them. 

The elves were so friendly and cheerful, but what else would you expect from Santa’s elves?  He wouldn’t hire grumpy elves would he, thought Mason, as they were chatting away to Tippner. 

After chatting awhile they said their goodbyes and parted for the night. When they got to their room Alabaster started combing his hair. 

“What are you doing?” asked Jinx. 

“I want to see if I can style my hair the way Mason has his. It looked pretty cool.” 

The other elves looked at him and rolled their eyes. Alabaster always did care about his hair. After a snack of sour cream and onion potato chips and some leftover sausage pizza they all went to bed. Tomorrow would be a fun day of exploring the Flamingo Gardens. They were all sleepy, except for Tink and Jangle. Tink pulled out a folder and was going through papers. 

“What papers did you bring along?” asked Jangle. 

“Santa’s financial statements from the past couple months.” 

Jangle shook his head, “I used to think I wanted to work with numbers, but nope, not for me! I would much rather tinker with toys, and listen to my music.” He put his earbuds in as he laid back down. It didn’t take long before the numbers started blurring in front of Tink’s eyes and he put them back in the folder and closed his eyes to enter dreamland. 

Mason couldn’t sleep. Tippner was snoring, but that wasn’t all that was keeping him awake. He was thinking about the dreams that he had been having ever since they came to Florida. Betsy, the cow, kept appearing in them! He hadn’t seen her since their fast trip to Switzerland, why was she in his dreams now? It was probably due to him eating tacos before bed. He threw another pillow at Tippner and rolled over, hoping for a peaceful night. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Surf or Not to Surf …

 

The elves were in a celebratory mood. They were getting ready to go on a mini vacation and couldn’t wait! It had taken awhile for the 5 of them to agree on where to go, but at last they made a decision. They were off to the land of sunshine and beaches, Florida! Snowball was hoping to be able to see some alligators and Alabaster thought he may try to surf some waves. How hard could it be! Jinx was looking forward to relaxing, watching the waves. Jangle thought of taking a speed boat ride. Tink was excited, but his head was also full of calculating figures, and breaking down the cost of their vacation. 

A hotel on the beach, it was perfect! Everyone agreed that Tink had found the best place to stay. Tink was happy for he had got a great deal on it. The hour was late when they had finally arrived at the hotel after the long flight. They were all exhausted, so it didn’t take long for them to call it a night. Sleep came quickly for everyone. 

Alabaster was the first one up the next morning. He was wide awake and ready to meet the day, after already having had a cup of coffee out of his blue mug. He was up at the crack of dawn for after all, he couldn’t miss the ocean sunrise. Walking out onto the beach in the early morning hour he wasn’t disappointed at all with the colors of the changing sky,  it was beautiful! He enjoyed the beauty that was all around him as he watched the sunrise and the sea gulls fly. The only thing he was upset about, was that he had forgotten to grab his camera out of the hotel room, but tomorrow was another day. Tomorrow morning he would be sure to remember his camera. 

When he got back to the hotel, everyone was up and enjoying the complimentary hot breakfast that the hotel provided. Once their stomachs were full they were ready to hit the beach for a day of fun. The cooler was packed with drinks and sandwiches and Jinx had brought along a shovel and a bucket. 

“Why are you bringing a shovel and a bucket?” asked Snowball. 

“One is never too old to build a sandcastle!” Jinx replied cheerfully. 

Alabaster made sure to grab his camera this time, he wanted Snowball to take some pictures of him surfing. 

They hadn’t been on the beach long before Tink started groaning, and looking a little pale. 

“You don’t look too good!” Jangle said, and the others agreed. 

Tink groaned again and said, “I am not feeling too well. My stomach really hurts.” 

The others looked on sympathetically but Snowball shook his head. “Well I can tell you the cure, so that you don’t feel this way tomorrow. Don’t eat so much bacon at breakfast! I saw your plate this morning.” 

Poor Tink couldn’t argue with that, and he laid back down on his towel waiting for the stomachache to pass. 

Jinx was smiling away sitting in his beach chair with his feet in the sand, and a drink in his hand. 

“Ok Snowball, are you ready? You remember how I told you to work my camera, right?” 

“Of course, I know how to work a camera, no problem!” 

Alabaster grabbed his surf board and Snowball followed him out to the water. 

“So how much experience do you have exactly with surfing?” asked Snowball. 

Alabaster didn’t answer, he only stared straight ahead at the waves, and looked down at his surf board. He had watched it being done so many times, he was sure he could do it. You paddled out to a big wave and then stood up and surfed the wave. Nothing to it. 

“Wish me luck!” he yelled to Snowball as he paddled out. 

“Break a leg!” Snowball yelled back and then realized that perhaps that was the wrong thing to say. He got the camera focused on Alabaster and was all ready. 

Moments later, Snowball was shaking the camera as he laughed. He tried to get himself under control when he saw Alabaster walking towards him carrying his board. 

“I got some good shots! Want to see them?” he asked, ignoring the look in Alabaster’s eyes. 

“Here you are starting to get up, then you are down, up again, down again. Here you are standing the whole way up, but Splash, there you are down again!” 

Alabaster took his camera back without saying a word, as Snowball tried to catch his breath from laughing. Snowball quickly caught up to Alabaster walking back. He patted his shoulder and suggested that they go on a boat ride. Jangle was looking for a speed boat to take out. Alabaster brightened up at that thought and he took his surf board back to where Tink still laid in the sand, putting the board by him. Tink was busy building his sandcastle. 

Jangle  had found a speedboat that would be ready to go in 15 minutes. They walked to where they were supposed to get it and stood there chatting while they waited. 

“Oh look at those guys!” said Alabaster. “They make it look so easy!” 

Snowball and Jangle turned to look where Alabaster was pointing. 2 guys were surfing the waves and doing a terrific job! After one particularly big wave they started swimming towards the shore. 

“You guys did great out there!” Alabaster said, when they got to shore and were walking toward them. The 2 guys looked around not seeing who was talking at first and then they looked down.

“Thank you very much! We enjoy surfing. I am Mason and this is my friend Tippner. Who are you?” 

“Oh, we are Santa’s elves, I am Alabaster, and these are my friends, Snowball and Jangle. Tink and Jinx are with us too, but they didn’t want to come for a speed boat ride. Tink is Santa’s accountant, and Jinx works with us in the toy shop.” 

Mason and Tippner looked at each other and back at Alabaster. They stood there looking rather dumb at first, feeling at a loss for words. Tippner was the first one to speak up. “Santa’s elves?? Umm.. nice to meet you. I do get confused easily, but if you are Santa’s elves shouldn’t you be at the North Pole?” 

“No, this is our vacation break. Elves can’t work all the time, you know! We need to have fun too!” 

Mason and Tippner shook their heads, once again feeling speechless. In fact they both smacked their heads saying, “Vacation, yes, of course. Elves need vacation time too.” 

Just then the speedboat pulled ashore. “Well, we gotta go, but keep up the great surfing.” Alabaster said and they waved goodbye to a dazed Mason and Tippner, as they walked away to go for their ride on the speed boat. 

Mason and Tippner  stood frozen in the sand. “Do you really think they are Santa’s elves?” asked Mason. 

“Well, they are short!” said Tippner. “Though the one who called himself Alabaster, his hair was sticking straight up, which made him look a little taller.” 

Shaking their heads some more, with dazed expressions on their faces,  they walked back to the hotel. Mason was thinking that he could use some strong coffee. He and Tippner had come for a week of relaxation and here on the first day they meet Santa’s elves. What was in store for the rest of the week??

(to be continued…) 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday! Beautiful day here, I am off work for just  few hours, so plan to take a walk before I have to go back. Hope that you are enjoying your Tuesday! I know that April Fool’s is past but I couldn’t resist posting the following picture. Don’t you think it would be a fun thing to do. My problem would be drinking the tea with my friends trying to keep a straight face, while waiting for them to get to the bottom of the cup. Well, I can promise you that you won’t get “poisoned” by reading the following quotes and I hope they bring a smile! Enjoy! 

 

 

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The Special Chocolates

“Blech! That tastes awful!” Mr. Tippner looked down at his bowl of GrapeNuts cereal and saw the orange liquid. OOPS! He had accidentally poured orange juice into his cereal instead of milk. He was feeling pretty sleepy this morning.

Mason almost tripped walking down his stairs. He needed his coffee. Pouring himself a cup, he held it in one hand as he opened the refrigerator to grab some eggs.

Made himself some scrambled eggs. Got out the ketchup to put on them and then wondered where his coffee cup was. What had he done with it? When he put the ketchup back in the fridge he got his answer. It was sitting on the shelf where the carton of eggs had been. The eggs were still sitting on the counter.

Shaking his head he felt like he should go back to bed, for he was feeling rather dopey.

Cara woke up feeling happy. The day had come and she was all ready for it. She snuk Bard’s surprise into his lunchbox and gave him a kiss goodbye. Chuckling as she closed the door.

A half hour later she was ready to leave with her box of chocolate candy.

Mason kept dropping things at work. Cara laughed, calling him butterfingers. “Perhaps you need a nap!” Cara said.

The bell jangled and Tippner came in the door. He walked over to his favorite booth in the coffee shop and sat down. He wasn’t sitting long before he started sneezing.

After sneezing 6x in a row Cara asked if he needed to see a Doc when she came to take his order.

“Nah! Its only my allergies acting up.” Then he sneezed again. Mason came out of the backroom and hearing Tippner sneezing he spoke up.

“He probably is allergic to those new weeds you put at every table.” Mason said to Cara.

Cara made a face. “They aren’t weeds, they are flowers.” she retorted. Tippner sneezed again.

“Like I was saying..he is allergic to the yellow weeds.” Mason said to Cara as he walked away.

Tippner ended up taking his raspberry hot chocolate to go, for he kept sneezing and it was making him grumpy. Besides he had to get back to his store. There were bikes to sell now that the weather was getting nicer.

Walking down the sidewalk on his way to the bike shop he saw Jake coming toward him. Jake was holding something behind his back. When he got closer he sprayed Mr. Tippner with silly string.

“Heyyy what do you think you are doing?”

Jake grinned as he quickly sprayed again before running off. Mr. Tippner heard him yelling. “Don’t you know what day it is?” yelled Jake.

Well of course he knew what day it was, thought Tippner. He may be feeling a little grumpy but he wasn’t too dopey to know what day it was. Why it was Thursday and the beginning of April. Tippner shook his head. Crazy kid!

Meanwhile Mason was whistling as he worked. The day was going well, lots of customers coming in. Everyone was out today, with fhe beautiful weather on the first day of April.

Sara entered the coffee shop and patiently waited for Cara to finish waiting on the customers that were ahead of her.

Cara finished taking their order and greeted Sara with a hug. “I am almost ready to leave for lunch. Let me just refill Joshua’s cup for him.”

“Oh Joshua is here, I will go chat a little, while you finish up.” Sara said.

She pulled out a chair across from Joshua and he smiled, always enjoying to have someone to share a story with. He started telling Sara about one of his day’s at sea in a fishing boat, when a storm came.

Cara grabbed her box of chocolates and came to Joshua’s table telling Sara she was ready to go. They wished Joshua a good day and started walking towards the door.

“Hey Mason would you like to try some chocolate candy?” Cara asked walking towards the register where he was.

“Sure, thanks!” Mason said, grabbing 2 of them and popping them into his mouth.

Mason’s face got red and he spit out the candy! “Wha-wha!”

“Would you like some water?”

Cara handed him a glass. “Guess I put a little too many jalepeno peppers in the chocolate.” she said with a smirk.

Mason’s eyes grew like saucers.

“You do know what day today is, right? Happy April Fool’s!” Cara said, laughing with Sara as they walked out the door, headed to Tippner’s bicycle shop. There were more special chocolates to deliver.

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday! Listening to Blackmore’s Night, as I look for quotes. Always need some good music to listen to when I work on posts. Tuesday’s though are usually the only days I listen to music with lyrics. When writing stories I just like having relaxing instrumental music in the background. Do you listen to music when working on posts? If so, what kind? 

I hope you can enjoy some good music while taking a few moments to relax and read the following quotes. As always, feel free to share which one or ones you liked the most. Have a wonderful day! 

 

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Getting Even

The following story is the conclusion to Wednesday’s post. One Strange Night 

 

“Do you have any fish? I am feeling rather hungry.” the cat looked at Starla, who still stood motionless, looking back at the cat in wonder! 

The cat jumped up onto the white leather couch, tearing a hole in it with its claws. Starla winced as she yelled, “What  are you doing?”  

“Oh, so you can talk! Good to know, now can we get down to business.” replied the cat, totally ignoring her question, as it stretched out on the couch. 

Starla was shaking her head as she sat down. “What are you talking about , why are you here?” she asked.  

“I need your help!”, at least I am hoping you can help me!” 

Starla didn’t say how she didn’t have a real helpful feeling right now, looking at the hole that he had put in her couch. She didn’t want any other holes in her couch, but she was feeling intrigued. Why would he think she could help him? 

“Do you have magical powers at all?” the cat asked. 

“No, can’t say that I have any magical powers.” Starla replied, thinking that if she did, she would make her annoying co-worker Jeff disappear! 

The cat leaped up, digging his claws into the couch as Starla groaned. “Get down now!” she yelled, which he promptly did. 

“Well I see that I had you pegged all wrong! I should have known that you know nothing!” 

“I most certainly don’t know nothing! You know you are getting annoying, why do you need magical powers?” Starla asked. 

“Look at me! I’m a cat! Starla do you not recognize me?” 

“Recognize you? I don’t know any cats!” she retorted. 

“Its me Jeff, from work.” 

“Jeff??? But how??” Starla was trying to contain her laughter.  Now that he mentioned it, his voice was familiar. It was a voice that she tried to forget and one she never thought she would hear coming from a cat! 

“I was out the other day taking a hike in the woods, and I came to this really beautiful waterfalls. Rested there awhile and then the next thing I know I am opening up my eyes to some real scary fairy looking at me and chanting something. Suddenly I was a cat! I ran out of there as fast as I could!”

“Oh, so that’s why you didn’t show up at work today. The boss was pretty mad!” 

Jeff groaned. “I need your help! I can’t stay a cat.” 

Starla could no longer hold back her laughter, as she started shooing him out of her door with her broom. 

“Hey! Be nice!”” Jeff meowed. 

“Maybe you should have been nicer at work.” With those words she swung the broom and sent him flying out of her room into the hallway and closing the door. 

Starla was so amused. Most likely this was a dream. Maybe she was more tired then she thought she had been. She would probably wake up tomorrow, go to work and see his annoying face again, but for now she would savor this moment! Even if it was a dream, she didn’t know if she would be able to look at him with a straight face tomorrow, and starting to laugh again she headed to her bedroom to go to bed. 

Clearing Up the Confusion!

The following images may look familiar to you, but you may be surprised by who they actually are. If you are confused, don’t worry, I will clear it all up for you, just continue reading. 

Lisette
Amanda, after all she does own a castle now.
Cara
Mason
Mr. Tippner
Bard

 

It has been suggested to me a few times that I create a character guide, about the characters of my stories. That it would help my followers keep the characters straight in their head. I understand that it can get confusing to keep everyone’s names straight and who they are. Truthfully I have been confused before, even though they are my characters! The following list is not a complete list for that would take way too long and a lot of the characters in my stand alone stories you won’t hear from again, BUT …. the list is compiled of characters that are in my continuing stories. I thought it would make it a little more interesting to read if I included pictures of the characters too. I wasn’t able to get everyone’s picture but I did include a few. If they look familiar to you, it is probably just a coincidence. Enjoy and I hope this helps to keep your mind clear of confusion, though if you have been reading my stories for awhile now, you know that confusion is still likely to happen. 🙂 

Characters from the town of Borden

Lisette-the owner of the Bed and Breakfast Inn. She came to Borden by the powers of a magical cowbell, which continues to show up in my stories. A kind and gracious lady who makes delicious food, and is friends with the people in Bittersweet Creek. 

Amanda – had been staying with Lisette trying to figure out what to do with her life! Recently came to learn that she has inherited her grandparent’s castle. She has now gone to spend more time with her grandparent’s, but she may be back. 

Mr. Fluff and Mr. Nutter –  the owners of  The Fluffer Nutter Shoppe.  The place for  great ice cream, donuts and coffee. Friendly, and a tad nutty, but are always eager to chat with you and try to beat you in a game of chess or checkers. 

Luke – the cop who was well known in my Annie/Anna/Tonya series, and has now taken a backseat since Anna was caught and is now dead. But he still may show up at times in my stories working with his brother Patrick who is an FBI agent. He also is the owner of a special cow who will be talked about later. 

Characters from the town of Bittersweet Creek ( Jason, another blogger actually created Bittersweet Creek and the characters, in what he thought was a stand alone story, but … the characters had other plans. The last 2 characters were thanks to another blogger Keith. ) 

Mason Picklefoot – handsome owner of the best coffee shop in town! All the ladies vie for his attention, though he remains humble through it all. Apparently he attracts water to himself too. He has had experience with a dunk tank, falling out of a canoe, getting rained on due to a leaky tent and getting a bucket of water thrown on him. 

Cara – an amazing waitress who works at the coffee shop. She is sweet, just like her tasty coffee lattes. She tries to help Mason with women, for she may like being a matchmaker, wanting everyone to be as happy as her and Bard. Its a hard job, but she is up to the challenge. 

Sara- she is Cara’s friend and owns the beautiful flower shop in town. She used to help Lisette out at the Inn, but moved to Bittersweet Creek. Cara thought she had the perfect match, Sara and Mason, but much to her surprise and Mason’s amusement, Sara fell for Grayson, Mason’s brother! 

Lexie – the new girl who has captured Mason’s eye, at least Cara is hoping that. It appears to be that way. 

Mr. Tippner – he is a friend of Mason’s and owns the bicycle shop. Cara once caused some damage in his bicycle shop but she prefers that everyone forgets that incident. Fortunately Bard was kind enough to pay for the damages, so there were no hard feeling with Mr. Tippner. 

Old Man Fuzzywhistle – he is a friend of Mason’s and Mr. Tippner too. He lives on a small farm with his prized cow Clarabelle and his adorable lamb, Creampuff, who one time escaped from the farm. Mason found him, which ended up causing him some embarrassment, much to the amusement of others, but that’s another story. 

Uncle Jake – he recently moved to Bittersweet Creek. Cara is enjoying getting to know his as he frequents the coffee shop,  His language may get salty at times, but he appears to be a very caring man. 

Joshua – Uncle Jake’s nephew who comes and visits him on the weekends and will spend the summer with him. A young lad who likes to play tricks! 

Some other story characters who you may hear from again! 

Jacob – he was the private investigator that Amanda’s grandparents hired to track her and her Mother down. Sadly her Mother had passed away earlier in a car accident. 

Kimberly – a detective who reached out to Jacob for help when she found an abandoned girl, Molly. Little Molly captured her heart and Jacob did too. Kimberly’s dream of having a family came true when she fell in love, got married and adopted Molly. 

Molly – an abandoned little girl who Kimberly found along the road surrounded by a bunch of white rabbits. She was mute for a long time, but Kimberly got her the help she needed and she has started to talk. All the rabbits disappeared one day, but one stayed behind and has stuck by Molly’s side ever since. No one knows why Molly was abandoned, but one day details may surface. 

Lawrence – a magician whose rabbits suddenly disappeared to stay by Molly when she was abandoned on the road. They then came back to him. Lawrence found a magical cowbell at a park one day and was last seen in a gondola in Italy. 

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Betsy – the cow owned by Luke. A cow who was thought to be just your ordinary, sweet cow in the beginning but has proven much the opposite! She is the wonder cow! She has had many crazy adventures and continues too. You really never know where she is. and what she is capable of doing.  She does not like that other people seem to keep getting hold of her magical cow bell. 

 

                                                                                                        

 

 

                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smitten in Spring!

Image from Pinterest

It was the first day of Spring and Cara felt an extra buoyancy in her step. The sun was brightly shining and she was fine with only wearing a lightweight jacket to work. Warmer days were ahead and Cara couldn’t wait, the beach was calling her name. She could hear its distant cry. Entering the coffee shop, she called out a cheery “Good Morning!” to Mason. He surprised her with handing her a cup of her favorite Black Raspberry Banana Latte. 2 servings of fruit this morning, she thought as she swallowed the sweet coffee.

“Thank you Mason, what is the special occasion? You look extra cheerful today.”

“I am.” he replied with a wink and a smile, and then walked to the back, letting Cara stare after him in wonder. She started to follow him to the back to ask why, but a couple customers came through the door and she knew that her question would have to wait.

The day was busy for they had a Spring Special going, Buy one piece of pie get another one free. No one could resist Cara’s homemade pies. Banana Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Strawberry Pie and of course the biggest seller, Shoo-fly Pie. When the crowd finally started to thin out and there were only a few customers in the shop, Cara asked Mason again why he was so happy. Smiling at her, with a gleam in his eye, he asked, “Isn’t a guy allowed to be happy?”

“Well yes.” stammered Cara, “but …”

Mason laughed, and said, “I think that customer wants a refill on his coffee”, he pointed to the guy that was holding his coffee cup up.

Cara sighed, but before walking away she said, “If I didn’t know better I would say that you look like a guy in love!” She thought he would protest, but to her shock he didn’t. Could she be right? Now her mind was going. She knew that Amanda had been interested in Mason and she loved the chocolates he brought back for her from Switzerland. The fine chocolates that Cara didn’t get any of, for Amanda had spent the weekend with Sara and they ate them all! Sara was missing Grayson, so chocolate was the perfect thing.

Anyway, Amanda did like Mason, but she had decided that she needed to take time to get to know her grandparents better and figure out what she was going to do with her life. So much had happened in a short time and she needed time to breathe, she didn’t have time for a relationship, no matter how appealing the thought was. She had gone back to the castle where her grandparent’s lived. The castle that she would inherit someday. Cara couldn’t imagine inheriting a castle!

So, being that Amanda was out of the picture now, if Mason was in love, who was it with? Was it a new lady in town? Cara didn’t know of any new ladies who had moved to Bittersweet Creek recently. The only new people that they had, were Jake and his nephew Joshua. Cara didn’t know them well yet, but Jake was becoming a frequent customer. He might be a little rough around the edges but he was a nice guy, Cara found herself looking forward to seeing him every day. He had quite the stories that he liked to share with her when she had time to chat.

Now his nephew Joshua was a different story. He was nice too, but quite the character, he was very sly and loved to play jokes! He was just with his uncle on the weekends now but once school was out, he would be staying with him for the summer.

It was closing time and while Cara was cleaning up she tried to press Mason for more information but he only started singing a happy tune. Cara rolled her eyes, there had to be something going on. She would find out somehow. His brother Grayson might know which meant he might have told Sara. Sara and her were meeting after work at Fuzzywhistle’s Farm so Cara would ask her. They wanted to visit Creampuff the lamb and see the new baby chicks that Fuzzywhisle had. What better way to celebrate the first day of Spring then to pet some baby chicks and sweet Creampuff.

Cara was almost ready to go when Mason called from the back, “Want the last piece of Shoo-fly pie? I will bring it out to you.”

“Sure! Thank you!” Care called back, as she shook her head. He surely was in a great mood, he couldn’t stand shoo-fly pie.

“Want more coffee too?”

“Yes, please!” Cara hoped that if a new lady was the reason for his extra cheery behavior that she stayed in town. Who knows if she makes him even happier maybe he will be telling Cara she can have an extra week of vacation and a raise in pay!

Cara was smiling at that thought as Mason came up to her and said, “Here you go.” handing her a plate with a old shoe on it! Making a face at him she said, “I should have known!” Taking the coffee from his hand she took a sip, Ahh! Salted Caramel, the best.

“Thanks for the coffee but you may keep the pie!” and Cara handed him back the plate, but threw the shoe at him. She walked out the door and saw Joshua with a silly grin on his face, holding a … she quickly jumped out of the way. and Mason who was right behind her got all the water from the bucket thrown on him. Joshua ran away laughing. He wasn’t the only one laughing though, Cara got a good chuckle out of it. Mason stood there for a moment not moving. Then Cara noticed his face growing red, and she followed his gaze to a lady that was walking towards them.

“Hi Cara, Hi Mason! Umm … did you already go swimming in the lake. I thought we were just going to have a picnic by it.” Lexi said, trying to stifle her laughter.

A smile stretched across Cara’s face. Lexi! How could she have not thought of her, she was so sweet. So she was the reason for Mason being twitterpatted today.

“Hi Lexi! So nice to see you. You know men, you just never know the predicaments they get themselves in too.” Cara started laughing as she said, “Have fun at the lake. Bye Mason, see you tomorrow. ”

Cara was beaming while walking away. Oh did she have news to share with Sara! It was turning out to be a wonderful first day of Spring, Bard and her were going out for a fine meal tonight and it appeared that Mason was smitten. Love was in the air!

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Rainy Tuesday, but … at least its not snow. They were calling for us to get snow or rain and I will take the rain, for I had a taste of warm temps and I am ready for SPRING! I am not Irish, but I long to go visit Ireland someday, and I like leprechauns, so being that tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would include the following meme. How accurate is your Leprechaun name? Enjoy the quotes and may you find a pot of gold this week! 

 

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