Winter Sun, a Bezzina’s Story, by Francesca Astraea

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I always name characters after members of the No. 1 Readers' Club over on Patreon - this was Jackie's turn! As is usually the case, this Bezzina's story is a standalone. You don't have to read them in order, but you can find them all here. One winter evening, a couple enter Bezzina's Emporium of … Continue reading Winter Sun, a Bezzina’s Story, by Francesca Astraea

Healing Tea (The Tower, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

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  ‘You want… What?’   Rilla hadn't expected to need to repeat herself. ‘A voodoo doll, several pins, something to stop nightmares in children, something to get rid of insomnia in adults and something that allows you to put curses on other people. Oh, and maybe some sort of spell to cause someone to come … Continue reading Healing Tea (The Tower, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

Customer Enquiries Part Two (The Emperor, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

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From Ernest Bezzina (bezzinasemporium@outlook.com) To Mandy King (mandyk1968@gmail.com) 28th July, 8:03am. Dear Mandy,   Thank you so much for your email and my sincerest apologies for the delayed response. I have only had email set up for a few months and am still learning how to use it.   I believe we have some items … Continue reading Customer Enquiries Part Two (The Emperor, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

Customer Enquiries Part One (The Emperor, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

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From Mandy King (mandyk1968@gmail.com) To Ernest Bezzina (bezzinasemporium@outlook.com) Subject 75th Birthday Gift Enquiry 15th July, 10:02am.   Dear Bezzina’s Emporium, My name is Mandy King, I was given your email address by a friend of a friend. I am looking for a gift for my mother’s seventy-fifth birthday, and I believe you may be able … Continue reading Customer Enquiries Part One (The Emperor, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

Help Wanted (The Moon, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

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Bethanie had been meaning to visit Bezzina’s Emporium of Magical Artefacts and Antiquities her entire year at university. Typically, she only managed it on her final day in Southend, when her bags were packed and she knew it was now or never. The trip was a little gift to herself, a ‘congratulations for surviving this … Continue reading Help Wanted (The Moon, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

Respecting Wishes Part Two (Judgement, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

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This is a commission for my patron Sonia Marie, as part of the offer I had on during February 2020. Sonia's prompt:   Three friends in their mid-twenties meet at a fourth friend’s funeral. They haven’t seen each other since a fifth friend’s funeral when they were teens. Write their story. Eight Years Ago ‘It arrived!’ … Continue reading Respecting Wishes Part Two (Judgement, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

Forced Reflection (The Devil, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

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‘I want a refund.’ Angel Fitzgerald stood at the counter of Bezzina’s Emporium of Magical Artefacts and Antiquities, clutching a large object partially wrapped in pink tissue. The assistant behind the counter, the short girl with miles of hair, eyed the offending product. ‘I’ll need to see a receipt and the label, please, ma’am.’ Angel … Continue reading Forced Reflection (The Devil, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

Unexpected Treasures (The Star, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea

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Note: contains themes of depression and suicidal feelings. It wasn’t hope he was looking for when he stepped into Bezzina’s Emporium of Magical Artefacts and Antiquities, it was oblivion. He could have taken a more conventional route, but convention was one of the reasons he felt so low, so if he was doing this, he … Continue reading Unexpected Treasures (The Star, Major Arcana Series) by Francesca Astraea