Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Doesn’t Really Matter”!

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Smoke From a Distant Fire”, teased as last week’s Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Doesn’t Really Matter”! (MC FF) It’s about Piper, who’s having trouble avoiding the attentions of a woman at a restaurant. It seems that for every objection Piper puts up, the woman has the same response…

“I see you’ve noticed my ring,” the woman said, almost as if reading Piper’s thoughts. “Isn’t it beautiful? So many colors, swirling and sparkling on its surface as it scatters the light. It almost seems to glow from within, doesn’t it?”

Piper nodded without looking away from the ring. “What kind of stone is it?” she asked.

“It’s opal, but that doesn’t really matter,” the woman responded. “What’s important is that it’s pretty, and that you want to watch it, isn’t that right?” Piper nodded again, leaning in slightly to get a better view. “That’s right, dear. Just keep watching, letting those pretty rainbow colors dance in your eyes. A well-cut opal reflects so many colors that it’s almost hard to keep track of. It helps if you focus on it. Imagine that inner glow drawing your eyes in, Piper, narrowing your gaze down so that all you see is my opal.”

Piper looked up sharply, the spell of the opal broken for the moment. “How did you know my name?”

Hope you enjoy it!

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