Welcome to Tuesday's Tales! This week's story is based on a picture prompt, which is the photo above of a town center. It looks very much like where I live, which is in a small New England town right on the ocean. I've brought Eric back again and I've introduced a new character - my female protagonist's college-aged son, Paul. This is the third story I've written with Eric, and you still don't know my female character's name. Maybe you'll never know. :) Enjoy this story, and look for more about Eric, Paul, and "the woman" next week.
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A Tasty Box Of Rocks
By Elizabeth Black
Eric and my son Paul took me out for Mother's Day, and I wanted a box of candy that looked like rocks! They resembled Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans from the Harry Potter books, but none tasted like boogers or ear wax. They looked like beach pebbles that had been washed smooth from the ocean surf.
Eric and Paul barely nipped at my heels as I ran down the street past shops full of ceramics, artisanal cheeses, and beach-themed t-shirts. The scent of low tide floated in the air around me. I loved living at the beach!
"How can you want a box of rocks after those crab cakes you inhaled?" Eric called.
"Mom, slow down!" Paul yelled.
Once inside the candy store, I bypassed the turtles and fudge for the rocks. I scooped two pounds into a bag, and handed it to Eric who handed it to a shop clerk. I inspected the seashells and candles on shelves as Eric and Paul paid for my booty.
Once inside the car, I opened the box and popped a pebble into my mouth. Rum hazelnut! Delicious!
"You aren't very observant." Eric snickered.
"Am too! What do you mean?"
"Dig through those rocks." Paul said.
Curious, I dug and pulled out a smaller box. I stared at Eric.
"Open it!" He said.
Sea glass earrings sat on velvet. I squealed and put them on.
"Squee!! I love them! How'd you sneak them into the candy when I wasn't looking?" I asked.
"It was easy. You were too busy reading greeting cards to notice."
I hugged him, nearly causing him to drive off the road. I turned to Paul in the back seat and mussed his hair. He tolerated the teasing.
This was the best Mother's Day ever!