Two Cups of Tea by Michelle Elvy and Lola Elvy

Ruby loved dragons so much she talked to them during the day, dreamed of them at night, and learned to ride them like the wind. Hers was a world of scales and sky, feathers and fire.

People said Ruby got her imagination from her mother Agatha, but Agatha knew better, for she was a novelist who had written nothing in a decade. Hers was a world divided: then, now; fiction, reality. Where characters once danced in her heart, a dark space and blank page burdened her mind.

One day Ruby told Agatha about the dragons. “They roam the woods,” she said to a raised eyebrow and a whistling kettle. “They wait for me in the trees.” Two cups. “My favorite is the amphithere – he’s iridescent blue with a golden-tipped tail.” Cream and sugar. “He flies and breathes fire, but his most powerful weapon is his tail.” Biscuits, too. “They say he can strike you dead with one look, but that is not true. I’ve seen his eyes. They don’t carry death.”

Agatha lingered on the warm tea and the sunshine in her daughter’s face. Wished she could remember what it felt like to feel so alive with ideas. She sighed as Ruby drained her teacup and flew out the door.

When she glanced out the window, her eye caught something shimmer at the edge of the wood. Golden leaves? Blue branches? She watched Ruby enter the forest, hand held high in a friendly greeting.

And Agatha’s heart danced.


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10 responses to “Two Cups of Tea by Michelle Elvy and Lola Elvy

  1. wonderful collaboration! A beautiful ode to creativity, imagination and that which is passed between generations…it is a torch against darkness and Ruby, the perfect name, a jewel that holds the light inside. Well done!

  2. This is just astounding, Michelle, Lola. The two sides interwiven so neatly and yet also so clear. I love the daughter’s matter-of-fact delivery, as if she’s speaking of song birds. And the end is just wonderful.

  3. I echo what has already been said; this is just such a well designed piece, and I love how it takes off at the end. Well done!

  4. I love a world of scales and sky, feathers and fire. So vivid (each color is dazzling), and, yes, magical. Magical reality. ‘Wiven/woven’ is a perfect description. Your borders are wonderful: light and weighty.

  5. Kelly

    the delightful collaboration has had a wonderfully calming effect, what a happy and magical way to conclude this week’s reading. Encore!

  6. Walter

    Here is what I like so much: You can take Ruby and Agatha to be the polar sides within a singular being, who once were one, separated by time/responsibilities & then the magical powers of the creative to unite. All in a simple story of a child & mom sitting down for tea. And Kelly is right on, what an ending to a week of great reads.

  7. I can only echo the others here. The magic of life in your story! Thanks!

  8. Thanks for sharing what feels like a tender family collaboration. Just magical and delicious!

  9. Michelle

    Aw shucks, guys. Thanks so much. Lola makes me want to ride dragons — what more can I say? :)

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