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Shortbread Cookie Princess

“Who knows how many scraps of plaid have been preserved in mothballs and hidden away in family attics?”

His low voice held an edge of seduction. Sophia stepped closer. The underlying sensuality of his tone captivated her. In all the times she had dusted over the fabric, she never got close enough to inhale the faint scent of mothballs. She wrinkled her nose.

“You’re very lucky to have it.” Ian ran an index finger over a thin red line woven vertically down the plaid. “Highland dyers and weavers were highly skilled. It’s evident in pieces like this. Run your fingers along this line. Do you feel the thickness? The fabric was mended many times, perhaps torn by a sword or knife thrust.”

“Or it could have been caught on a rock.” Sophia reached out and touched the coarse wool.

“It’s possible.” Ian laughed. “If we settle for the simple explanations, we might never learn the history of the people who owned these valuable pieces.” He placed a hand over her finger”

 

Excerpt From: Zelda Benjamin. “Shortbread Cookie Princess.” iBooks. 

CHERRY BLOSSOM SERENDIPITY

"No problem ."She glanced toward the camera. "i've met a lot of navy officers.. They just have a more efficient way of doing things. So, this was one of Sam's good-looking, but less-than-perfect gandsons?

"Grandpa, look at the camera."

The officer's voice was strong and commanding. Lexi snapped to attention.

"How about a smile?" Steve pointed the phone upward. "Do you want the monument and pool in the background?

"A picture with your grandfather and the cherry blossoms is fine." She sighed and relaxed. All she wanted was simple snapshot, not a professional  photo. "I'll photograph the sights later." She focused on Steve's sparkling blue eyes and smiled. Sam wasn't just using his grandfather bragging rights.

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