A Gift For Philomena
Copyright 2011 Dara Girard
A Gift for Philomena is a work of fiction. All characters and events portrayed herein are fictitious and are not based on any real persons living or dead.
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She’d never escape the kitchen--an unrelenting master that never gave her a moments rest. Philomena Hawkes wiped the sweat from her brow as the steam from the dumplings cooking on the stove filled the room. The powerful summer sun, which pressed through the window and shone on the newly polished floor, turned the small room into a domestic purgatory. The cool breath of the air conditioner couldn’t abet the stifling heat from the stove and the oven, which now felt like a fiery furnace as Philly, as she was affectionately called, opened it to check her baked trout with onions and red wine sauce.