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We brew cups of tea and remember them thirty minutes later. The water is still warm when we pull out the teabag, but the liquid is thick and smells bitter. We drink it anyway;the syrupy liquid coats our throats and stains our stomachs. We drink it anyway, since we took the time to make it.

We figure they are like that; bitter, forgotten cups of tea that we invested so much time in making. (We even give them names: Earl Grey, Peppermint, Breakfast Blend, and Chamomile.)

Chamomile was the first to go, clipping the hair above his ears, buttoning himself up inside a black pea coat, tying it all up with a noose-like scarf around his neck.

Inside we mourned, but outside we laughed about how silly this all was. As if the way he wore his hair determined his newfound spite. As if the pea coat was a rite of passage, a ticket to better things.

But then Breakfast Blend, Peppermint, and Earl Grey followed, sweeping locks of hair beneath the rug and buttoning four years inside their pea coats. (It’s the buttoning that kills.) They finish off with a scarf, like a bow on a Christmas present. They burn us with their tongues and make us cry with their taste, but we hold onto them anyway, since we took the trouble to make them.
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Lottie-Girl Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
A beautiful extended metaphor. :)
xthe-eleanorx Dec 16, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you! :heart:
Lottie-Girl Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome :D
forestmeetwildfire Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your fantastic work has been featured here!
I'd really appreciate it if you could check out the other features and :+fav: the article! :heart:
xthe-eleanorx Dec 6, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks so much! :heart:
arabesque-o Nov 11, 2012  Student Photographer

i adore the concpt, and well, everything about this.
xthe-eleanorx Nov 11, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you! :heart:
TURNIP-SLOP Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like this, but I had trouble with the metaphor; I couldn't work out what the relationship between the brewers and the tea's was. However on reading your response to oracle-of-nonsense^ it does make sense (ironically :P). Very nice to see you uploading again anyway! :)
xthe-eleanorx Nov 6, 2012  Student Writer
It's an ambiguous relationship (that is sort of revealed in the title), so that the readers can sort of place themselves in the story if it's relevant.
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