by John Amory
Not much about Thad's life is exciting. He works at a coffee shop in a college town and has little else to look forward to other than the changing of the seasons to his favorite of them all: autumn. But with the changing of the leaves, Thad's life is turned upside down. He begins having strange dreams in which he sees a stranger who has been frequenting the cafe... a stranger who holds a lot of secrets that will put Thad's life in danger.
The man's name is Guy, and he is a vampire who is being stalked by his creator, an intimidating creature who always manages to snatch Guy's happiness from him. And at the moment, that happiness has taken the form of Thad.
This story is also included in Eternally Dark Anthology.
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Fresh Spearmint Tea:
½ cup fresh spearmint leaves2 cups water
This is one of the simplest recipes you’ll find, but it’s so impressive to serve guests (and delicious enough that you’ll want it yourself all the time) because it uses fresh herbs. Just tear off about ½ cup of spearmint leaves (about 15-20 leaves), wash them well, and tear or muddle them to release oils. Set aside. Meanwhile, boil 2 cups of water. Remove water from heat, add spearmint, and steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain into two cups, or into one large mug, and add your favorite sweetener, if desired. (You may also put the leaves in a tea infuser, if you have one.) This makes a very bright, grassy, refreshing drink… enjoy!