by Seetha Sharma, from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
And I fell in love with the city, sight unseen.
So when I needed to leave, Seattle was the obvious choice. Pepper says there’s a long history of people moving to here because it’s as far as you can go and stay in the country unless you’re willing to go to Alaska. I’m not sure she knows how on the mark she is.
I knew the minute I drove down Snoqualmie Pass that I was home. Then I met Laurel at a yoga class, and she invited me to the Flick Chicks—her weekly movie get-together with Pepper and Kristen. Never in my life had I felt so welcome as when I walked onto Laurel’s houseboat for my first Tuesday night with them—never, until the next week at Pepper’s and the week after at Kristen’s.
They call Seattle the Emerald City, because the rain makes everything so green. Dorothy couldn’t wait to leave the Emerald City and go home.
But the Emerald City is home to me. Home isn’t just a place. It’s the people you meet there, and how they make you feel, inside.
What says “home” to you?
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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