The Tea Store

Written as part of Friday Fictioneers, which offers the image as inspiration to write a fiction in 100 words (or less) AND Midweek Wordle #4 at A Prompt Each Day, which offers a set of ten word as inspiration, from which I’ve selected six, AND 3 Word Wednesday #433 which offers the words Puzzled, Nervous and Lump as inspiration for a post. Photo by Kent Bonham. Word Count: 100.

The Tea Store

The quaint tea store, its ambience almost ancient, was tucked away behind a flashy TRAK sign.

The aroma of fresh tea wafted over as I passed it. I wondered if the tea leaves would know my future’s stories.

“One l..lump or.rr. two, sir?” the old lady asked, a nervous stutter in her voice.

I hadn’t the heart to refuse.

“You can never leave without finishing the cup.”

I smiled, draining the cup at once.

“Delicious,” I told her, and turned to leave.

But the shutter was closed.

The old lady laughed seeing my puzzled look.

The cup had filled again.

(© 24th June 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

78 thoughts on “The Tea Store”

    • @AnElephantCant,

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  1. Perhaps his future holds more than can be seen in one cup? 🙂 Interestingly eerie. Nice!

  2. Too bad the tea leaves hadn’t been read first! Love the twist, and will now think twice about tea shops should I need a hot beverage.

    • Ah. But he had to drink the tea for finding his tea leaves, right? 😀 I always prefer coffee, Phylor, so tea shops aren’t something I’m worried about on the long run 😉

  3. Clever story, Vinay. I hope it’s some good tea since, apparently, he’s not through! I hope he gets bathroom breaks. 🙂 Very original story, nicely done.

    • I certainly hope he has had some breaks too, Amy Reese 😀 Or different types of tea at least. The same could be boring 😛 Glad you liked the story.

  4. A cup of tea is refreshing but one after another…nah!
    ”The tea leaves would know my future stories”, they actually wrote one for him. 😀

  5. Condemned to drinking tea for an eternity? Just hope restroom breaks are permitted. Jokes apart this was nicely done with a touch of mystery and supernatural in it.

  6. You have to watch those little old ladies. Look what happened to Snow White. That place must be getting crowded, but it’s a mall so no one probably pays attention. Good description and a great twist at the end, Vinay. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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