October 3: Flash Fiction Challenge – Chai Time

Charli’s Carrot Ranch Prompt, this week:

October 3, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about any ritual involving tea. It can be a daily afternoon tea prepared specifically or the reading of tea leaves in a cup. What do you know? What do you imagine? Is your story deep and ponderous or bright and flash? Go where the prompt leads!

Chai Time

Water simmers as I add tea leaves.

I peruse my spice cupboard, wondering which to add, today.

Fennel seeds, cardamom pods, cloves, some cinnamon, too.

Each releases its unique scent into the air as it is added to the deep brown liquid.

Milk added, the boiling halts as the liquid begins its simmering journey again.

A careful eye is needed as the bubbles increase and the froth begins to rise.

Gas down, froth down.

Gas up, froth up.

Three times, then off.

Strain it. Pour it into a cup.

Perfect masala tea to warm the cockles of anyone’s heart.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gary A Wilson
    Oct 16, 2022 @ 18:24:48

    Great ritual Ritu,
    snug and comfy/

    Liked by 1 person


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  3. Cecilyswritings
    Oct 10, 2022 @ 07:34:41

    I can smell the spices as you write @Ritu ! A 4 o’clock cuppa with the family is just right.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Norah
    Oct 05, 2022 @ 12:31:47

    Enjoy! You shared the pleasure well.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Oct 04, 2022 @ 22:08:37

    You are the perfect tea ambassador, Sis! Best wishes, Michael

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Erika
    Oct 04, 2022 @ 11:22:27

    I love my tea time and you conveyed that so well.

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Sadje
    Oct 04, 2022 @ 03:46:40

    Perfect recipe 👍🏼🥰

    Liked by 1 person


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