A Kiss Before Coffee

by Mercy Loomis

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012 by Mercy Loomis

Originally published in Rendezvous. Round Rock, TX: Passionate Pens/Twin Trinity Media, 2011.

Cover design by Mercy Loomis. Cover art by Luis Santos / Dreamstime.com.

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This is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead (or undead), is entirely coincidental.

Karen looked around furtively as she stood in front of the little mineral spring. The sun beat down on her head and shoulders, the heat weighing her down. Apparently it was affecting the other tourists just as much—there were few people wandering through the ruins of the asclepieion today, and none nearby at the moment.

The tinkling sound of the water was pleasant as it fell from the opening in the stone wall into the basin. A little channel had formed in the lip of the basin over the years, allowing the waters to overflow and seep into the stony ground. Thick ferny vines climbed the wall from the basin to the font, and carved into the rock above the opening was the image of a man, worn and weathered.

Biting her lip, Karen pulled the little figurine from her pocket. The faience woman was only a few inches high, the glossy blue-green finish smooth and cool under her fingers.

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