Ed – i – stor – y – al – An article written to provide a fictional outlook on a product that inspires or sparks imagination.
I am a maker. a storyteller can be a maker of stories. Just as a shoemaker crafts a shoe or a clockmaker makes a clock. I am a teller of stories of fiction and a accounts of fact. The EdiStoryal series is meant to set a fictional stage for stories inspired by real products and art made by The 24th Wilderness (aka, Kailee). There will be much left to the imagination and seemingly a lack of detail so as to encourage your inspiration and imagination. A few of the sets of 3 Lotus Cards that are available has a story to devour. This short story is on the 3 card set titled Garden Tea. So grab a glass of something and maybe a cookie or a banana. The Wilderness is wild and full of adventures. 🙂 Happy Reading! – Kailee
Everything was just falling into place when the carriage came rolling up and the horses hooves clopped upon the cobblestone bay in front of the house. Louisa brushed any stray hairs away from her face with her hands, smoothed out her dress (which was made just for the occasion by Rudy the house seamstress) and cordially welcomed her two guests through the house and into the garden. The two older girls bowed dipped, drew out their words, stood prim and tall with their hands politely folded, and masqueraded through the house and out into the garden with the propriety of two little queens. It almost looked silly paired with the three girls’ gowns, which were a little more suited for the winter season during evening balls. There were ribbons everywhere, lace, tulle, giant creampuff sleeves, shiny white shoes with golden buckles, the smoothest stockings and Louisa was proud of the fact that just over her night sheath, she wore a tiny corset made just for little girls. It fit perfectly, with no concern for actually squeezing and shaping Louisa’s little body. It just made her feel grown-up.
The girls poured tea, shared cookies, and fanned themselves under the parasols that were set up around each chair. Honey from the castle’s own beekeeper was provided and even tinted to look more pink and red than the golden amber color of delicious honey. A variety of black and red teas were offered to the girls, but the governess for the sisters reminded them that Agnes should have milk with a tiny bit of tea in it since she was still so small. The girls made no mention of it and served Agnes her “tea”, and Agnes never knew the difference. They even snuck in a little extra honey just for Agnes since she didn’t get to enjoy the full flavor of rooibos or black tea. Agnes’ tea was actually quite beautiful since the red rooibos turned the milk pink, then the reddish honey turned the mixture even more pink after that. The girls even settled on making themselves the same drink since the mixture was so pretty and they couldn’t resist.
The girls were a lovely sight sitting on the green in their crisp dresses. Louisa donned a baby blue frock that had bits of lace embroidered on the hem and neckline, and the girls each wore different shades of green. The tall poplars, the blue sky, and the lovely yellow-golden wicker made a lovely vision of color for anyone passing by.
The tea had finished smoother than a ship sailing at sea, and the only things that were lost were a stocking or two, Agnes’ bows, Louisa’s sash, and Catherine’s hatpin. But that was because the girls had rolled around in the grass and pretended to be the horses in the year’s most exciting race, the Sceptre Derby, that was approaching in the next month.
On leaving and bidding each other goodbye just after afternoon tea, Louisa gave them a gift that was handmade just for the occasion. The silk hankies she handed the sisters were hand stitched with lemongrass yellow thread and blue-green thread shaped into smooth curving lines and dotted with little blue hexagons. The girls hugged one another and pretended to wipe away tears with their hankies, as though they would not see each other for a long while, disregarding the fact that they were to see each other the next day for the Young Ladies Society where they further practiced reading, singing, etiquette, playing piano, dancing, and various sports.
As the carriage rolled away, Louisa waved and shouted farewells, while in her little lady imagination, she was already planning another perfect visit and how she would have the most fun in the world.
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