Starting Over- #1

TT_bannerWelcome to TUESDAY TALES.

After completing Rosemary’s story last week, I was going to continue with the next ‘Posie’ in the group. But then … my flighty Gemini side kicked into high gear and urged me to try something new and outside of my comfort zone. Today’s snippet is the start of a new WIP, tentatively titled ‘Starting Over’.

Victoria moves to Oak Grove, a tiny town in north Texas, looking for a new beginning. From her quaint antique store on the town square, she encounters more drama than she ever expected. In the midst of getting to know her storekeeper neighbors and learning who she can and can’t trust, will she find the one thing she’s not looking for, true love? Stay tuned each week to find out.

This week’s prompt is: Ride.

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STARTING OVER

oak grove_iris depression glass

Yes, Tuesday Tales Iris, there is a glass pattern named Iris. (And it’s my favorite pattern also)

To all outward appearances, Oak Grove was a small, bucolic Texan town. When she moved there, Victoria didn’t realize how much drama and deceit she’d encounter on the courtyard square.

Victoria stood at the front window of Serendipity arranging a new display of Iris patterned Depression glass, one of her favorite designs. She stopped, holding the rare pitcher in hand, and gazed across the street to two fellow merchants standing near one another in an intense discussion. They probably didn’t think they were noticeable, hidden in the dappled shade of the oak trees lining the courthouse set in the middle of the square. They didn’t realize that the view from Victoria’s antique and collectible store had a front seat view of their secluded spot.

From Victoria’s position near her window it appeared that Hank, the owner of Hank’s BBQ Grill on the opposite side of the square, and Jacqueline, the owner of the trendy clothing store next door, were very close friends. The intimate gestures – the way they touched each other’s shoulders and the way they held their heads so close to one another as they spoke – caused Victoria to speculate. She wondered if Hank’s wife knew about this obvious interest in Jacqueline.

Now, she wondered if she’d made the right decision about running away to Oak Grove. But she couldn’t look back now. Every cent she owned had gone into this new business venture. She’d made all this effort to disappear and leave her old life behind, including the pilot and all of his lies. She had had to keep moving forward with her plan. Although, she had no intention to ever trust another man again.

She thought that a new start in a quiet, non-descript town was the perfect solution. She’d spent weeks driving through dusty little burgs set far off the main roads and highways. Every chance she got, she’d jump in the car for a ride through the countryside. She found towns she didn’t know existed. Some were mere blips on the scenery, while others spread out and occupied more space. A few had silly whimsical names, such as Rhome and Ponder. Others were a little larger, with the central part of town filling several blocks, such as Mineral Wells or Bowie.

Most towns showed some promise for a new start. Yet they all had something lacking. Not big enough. Too big. Too far away. No prospects for commerce. Only a farming community. Too close to the highway. Nothing available. Great space but too expensive. Too flat, too barren. No atmosphere.

Oak Grove_shady sidewalkAnd then she’d stumbled upon Oak Grove, nestled back in the country midway between Denton and Roanoke. It was close to Texas Motor Speedway, yet far enough away that the high traffic volumes shouldn’t impact the community. There was a small town square, with the common courthouse-in-the-middle configuration, encircled by small businesses on all four sides. Stands of post oaks and flowering crepe myrtles shaded the town, bringing relief from the intense Texas summertime heat.

The neighboring town to the east, Bluebonnet Hills, was filled with huge 6 and 7,000 square foot McMansions accented with driveways full of Expeditions, Lexus’ and Jaguars. The homes there screamed ‘I’m rich! Look at me!’ The few miles of meandering road between the two towns kept the ostentatious lifestyle out of arms reach, yet Bluebonnet Hills was close enough that its residents regularly showered their money like confetti upon the nearby communities.

The best part of the road trip on this particular day was the ‘For Sale’ sign hanging in the front window of Serendipity. All those years of haunting dusty bins at other antique and collectible stores could come in useful.

Within 30 days the papers were signed and the store including its lease and all the merchandise now belonged to Victoria.

A glimpse of Jacqueline striding across the street; her long dark tresses bouncing with each step, jolted Victoria back to the present. As Jacqueline passed by the front window, she jumped as she noticed Victoria standing there, a red flush spreading quickly up her neck and across her face.

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vicki Locey
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 11:41:30

    Great beginning! Can`t wait to read more.

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  2. jeanjoachim
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 13:08:33

    Caught in the act! Seems there’s more going on in this small town that was apparent to our heroine at first. Nicely painted scene and background. I’m looking forward to reading this story.

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  3. Sarah Cass
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 21:01:32

    What a great, promising start! Your little town of Oak Grove reminds me a lot of my little town of Lake Point. There is always plenty of drama to be had in small towns…and love. Can’t wait to see yours. ;)

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  4. Iris B
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 03:52:47

    Love the pic ;-)…. Great start of the new story. Look forward to reading more.

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    • trishafaye
      Jun 27, 2014 @ 15:54:35

      Thanks Iris. I was thinking antique store … depression glass … my favorite pattern that jumped to mind is ‘Iris’. I’m missing one of those pitchers. I’ve found a few, but wasn’t willing to part with the money that they wanted for them.

      Reply

  5. Flossie Benton Rogers
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 11:37:51

    Victoria did what we all dream of doing from time to time– jumping in the car, exploring all the little towns and byways, and setting up in a brand new locale. I like her enterprising spirit!

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  6. Author
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 20:02:21

    Nice start to the new story – can’t wait for me. You’re world you’ve begun to create here is awesome.

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    • trishafaye
      Jun 30, 2014 @ 01:28:40

      Thank you Jillian! I appreciate the kind words.
      How is life going with your two casts?

      Reply

      • Author
        Jun 30, 2014 @ 16:09:59

        you’re welcome. I am out of the arm cast. They have me already doing PT to not lose the range of motion in the arm. I am still using the sling to rest it when not doing the exercises- over all, I am a lot better. Thanks for asking.

  7. kballauthor
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 17:33:52

    I live in the general area – cool and I forgot what the name of the flowers were- crepe myrtle- great start

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    • trishafaye
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 05:32:02

      Thanks Kathleen. I’m in Roanoke, so I’m creating this fictional little town right in the middle of my favorite area. (Some of the ritzy neighbors in ‘Bluebonnet Hill’ may have some similarities to my Southlake customers lol)

      Reply

  8. morgan k wyatt
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 18:11:05

    Nice opening makes me wonder if it isn’t a regular Wisteria Lane.

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    • trishafaye
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 05:33:30

      Thanks Morgan. I’m hoping so, but don’t know if I can pull off that much drama & intrigue. I’m going to try to keep most of it geared towards the romance, but with undercurrents of misbehaving.

      Reply

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