Today I’m participating in the Fortune Teller Blog Hop! It’s being hosted by Kayla Curry, author of the upcoming paranormal romance novel Where the Carnies Are. The rules were pretty simple: write about one of your characters meeting a fortune teller.
I decided to feature the character from my upcoming novel, It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy. It’s a romantic comedy about a woman who secretly wants to get back together with her ex boyfriend and gets the shock of her life when he proposes–to her first cousin and bitter rival. You can read the blurb for the novel here.
Unbeknownst to Jazzy, her love life is about to get a lot more interesting! So here we go!
I don’t normally chase men with tire irons, but that day, I found myself outside of 7-Eleven, running behind the guy who is normally asking for change. He accused me of trying to steal stuff out of his tent, I told him his shirt was so nineteen eighty seven, and from there it was on like popcone. He whistled and some of his cronies got in on the action. I broke out of there so fast I dropped my tire iron. Not my day.
I ended up cowering behind an old beat up Buick, surprised to see blinking lights across the street. A sign. Tina’s Palm Reading. It was either run in there or face the angry mob waiting by the hot dog vendor. And being the smart little cookie I am, I chose Tina. Now, I don’t know what I was expecting when I went inside. Maybe some incense. Maybe someone smoking ganja. Some gypsy music. But when I parted the heavy gold curtains I saw a woman wearing a purple headwrap with tiny hoop earrings all along her ears. She was eating a breakfast of champions (an apple fritter and a Heineken) and playing cards with an elderly woman. “Gin,” she said, laying her cards on the table and sitting back with her hands behind her head, gloating.
The elderly woman said, “Shit, Tina.”
“You know the rules.” The woman took off her earrings and Tina added them to her ear. The woman left, cussing to herself about Tina’s no good behind, and I stood there like an idiot, mesmerized by Tina with the purple eye shadow and enough earrings on one ear to open her own kiosk at the mall. She looked me up and down (probably wondering how I managed to get all of this behind in my skinny jeans) then dealt a hand for me. She nodded to the seat across from her. “Sit.” I did as I was told. “Apple fritter?”
She gave me one and then took a swig of the Heineken. We played, I lost, and afterwards she added my gold hoops to the never ending collection on her ear. When she was done with her Heineken she leaned in closer to me (I thought she was going to sniff my neck). She sat back and said, like she was shocked, “You have good energy.”
“Thanks. Wait—why do you sound so surprised?”
“Give me your hand.”
She grabbed my hand like we were going to arm wrestle. Her thumb went along every inch of my hand like she was looking for a secret compartment. When she was done playing thumb hockey with me she sat back, seemingly amazed. “I’ll be damned,” she said.
“I beg your pardon?”
“A love triangle has three. Whatever you’re about to get into, it has four.”
“Can you tell me more?”
“For twenty bucks and a six pack I’ll tell you anything.”
“Would you look at the time?” I stood up then turned back around. “You wouldn’t happen to have an extra tire iron lying around, would you?”
“As a matter of fact I do.” She left the room and came back with one. “Thanks for the earrings.”
“And let me know how the love square turns out.”
“Will do.” I went to the door and saw the men by the hot dog truck, eating. Good. Maybe they wouldn’t see me coming. Holding the tire iron in my right hand, I headed full speed out the door, yelling like Braveheart going into battle. The men were so blindsided—and distracted by their hotdogs—that I was able to get through them and to my car in one piece. As I drove home I thought about what Tina said. Love square. Me? Yeah right! (It also dawned on me, as I was pulling into the driveway, that I’d left my apple fritter.)
That’s it! Thanks for stopping by and I hoped you enjoyed it! Here’s a list of all the participants:
Kayla Curry (Host)
S. M. Boyce
A. F. Stewart
Tami Von Zalez
Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba