From the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries by Daryl Wood Gerber, aka Avery Aames
I love to tell fortunes. My darling Jenna —my niece— doesn't think I really can tell fortunes. She coddles me. But I can tell them. Sometimes. Most times.
When I see into the future, and I know what's going to happen to people, it throws me for a loop. Should I tell them the truth? Should I steer them in a direction that might alter that future?
A friend of mine is curious about her future. She runs the Winsome Witches fund-raising group, to which I belong. She is the High Priestess. She's a beloved therapist. And yet she has come to me for advice. I've talked to her. I've consoled her. I've offered her a tarot card reading.
She, like Jenna, pooh-poohs all of it. She wants the truth. The physical facts. Gemstones. Earthy potions. Concoctions made with local beverages.
I'm not sure what to do. What is she sensing? What truth from Crystal Cove is she picking up? We have so much to tell. We have history up the wazoo (forgive me).
Perhaps I can attribute her demands to the fact that Halloween is fast approaching. The stores in town are decorating. The Cookbook Nook has a delightful display of pumpkins and more. Our friend Bingo has decorated her antique shop with a dark noir display of a woman running from a gabled house to a cemetery. So eerie and yet so dramatically cool!
What can I tell my friend? To relax? Hard to do in this season. What do you do? Do you adore Halloween? Are you already thinking about your costume? Or are you contemplating dire deeds and possibly....murder?
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