Better late than never I give you my Thursday Taster, which this week comes from my new naughty fairytale Ugly Duckling
Amelia Duckworth has a day off. She has just showered and made a pot of coffee. Enjoy
Shuffling to the door she bent and scooped up her post. As she stood up Amelia glanced out of the window and saw a familiar blue convertible pull up outside. She left the door on the latch so her brother could get in and went back to pour two coffees.
“Hey there, sis. Can I come in?”
“Come in, Barry,” she called. “Coffee’s in the kitchen.” Then Amelia carried her own steaming mug of coffee to the lounge and sank down into a comfy chair to look through the post.
“I thought you would have clothes on by this time in the morning, it’s 9.30 am.” Two years older than Amelia, Barry was six foot three. He was broad shouldered, burly yet not fat. He carried the weight well. He had bright blue eyes and a mass of curly hair the same colour as Amelia’s. He wore a blue open necked shirt and grey jacket with matching trousers. His eyes twinkled as he grinned and chided Amelia about her state of undress.
“Hey, it’s my day off and I’ll dress when I’m ready. You better not have brought me work to do.”
“Well, I had brought you the monthly accounts but it can wait. You seem tired today.” Barry was very fond of his sister. He knew all about her past and could tell when it was best to let her relax. He sat down and kept quiet, drinking his coffee and watching her flick through the letters in her hand.
Amelia sifted through all the junk mail, dropping it into onto the floor before opening a couple of brown enveloped bills and frowning at the increased cost of living. Finally though, her eyes came to rest upon a square white envelope which seemed to contain a card of some kind.
It bore a familiar franked postmark, indicative of the school they both used to attend. It was a place and time Amelia had tried to block from her mind, but somehow the memories refused to leave. She now sat tensed up fingering the envelope hard, reluctant to open and read its contents.