Reinvention

This is a little snippet from my forthcoming (no date) "The Reinvention of the Rose". This is a different Rose from the one introduced in Storytime, which I am not revisiting at this time. Unedited. Subject to change. Please enjoy. “Another spiked chai. To go,” I told the barista after I’d patiently waited my turn, then took a seat at the steadily emptying bar until it was ready. Now that the music was done, I assumed they must be closing soon, based on the thinning crowd. “Sorry about that.” My eyebrow lifted at the sound – and feel – of somebody in my ear, way...