Everything that Isn’t Winter

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October 19, 2016

A story of adventure and love set in a post-apocalyptic tea-farming commune in the Pacific Northwest.

An autumnal smell broke my train of thought. Autumnal smells had no place during Beltane, but there it was, amidst the ambient scent of the tea fields, the iron sweat of the dancers, the pine smoke.

A voice carried through the evening’s scents: “Fire!”

Burning tea plants. The smell was burning tea plants.