Here’s a snippet from Family Matters, in which Phitz finally gets to find out a little more about his mother–hopefully–he’s made some inquiries at an old convent, her last known place of residence, and has been greeted by the housekeeper.
“I’ll be right back,” she said as she disappeared down the hall.
Nodding, Phitz walked over to the mantle and examined the ceramic animals and angels, all wearing a thick coating of dust. Some housekeeper, he though with a sardonic grin. He looked at the end tables, the walls–no clocks. That was odd. There weren’t any mirrors, either, but he supposed nuns didn’t have much need of mirrors. One of the seven deadly sins, maybe.
Phitz looked around at the sound of rattling china as the housekeeper came back into the sitting room with a large tray, headed toward the coffee table.
“I’ll just set these tea things right here–do you take cream or sugar?” she said.
“Nothing, thanks–I’ll just take it plain,”
She made an answering laugh and started to pour the tea. She handed Phitz his cup and saucer, sitting down in the easy chair opposite him.
“Where’s your tea, Ma‘am?” he asked.
“Oh, I’ve had plenty of tea today.” she said with a smile. “I’ll just sit and watch you enjoy yours.” Phitz set the cup and saucer down on the table.
“Well, what can you tell me about my mother?”
She gave a small smile, full of mystery.
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