1/3. Aunt Augusta was having her
annual tea party. She liked peculiar things and the guests always tried to find
little curiosities for her as hostess gifts. This worried Freddie quite a bit.
He was not what you might call ‘an ideas man’, he never had a clue what to
bring. And this year promised to be worse than ever. His crazy cousin Carlos
and his friend, horrid Harlod, had just come back from Turkey with quantities
of Marzipan. Aunt August was very partial to Marzipan. Oh, what should he
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2/3. There was a rather
interesting story in the morning paper about tea. And not just any tea, Chinese
tea! The story used exotic words like wild tea trees, high mountain tea and nutritious
tree teas with abundant flavors. It all sounded very Aunt Augusta! Freddie had
a good think. There were seven days until the party. With his frequent flyer
miles, careful planning and a bit of luck, it could be done. He packed his bag,
asked a neighbor to feed the cat, and he was off to China, the Land of Wonders.
Trains and Automobiles
3/3. The trip was quite long.
Freddie found himself hopping from plane to train, taking buses and a ship,
there was even a rickshaw involved. The plantation, when he finally reached it,
was stunning. Freddie may have been a little deflated to discover that they
ship their tea internationally, but he got over that as soon as they brewed him
a cup. Oh, it was lovely! He grabbed as much tea as he could carry and started
towards home. He made it to the party in the nick of time, flat broke and
exhausted. But wasn’t it all worth it for the hint of a smile and a tiny nod
from Aunt Augusta as she tried the tea?
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