Thursday, 23 August 2018

Amalie De Courcey's Puppy-Print Handkerchief

Amalie De Courcey's Puppy-Print Handkerchief: Object Post 81

Source? Tim thought she’d probably got it at a chain store
Significance? It gives some insight into Tim and into Mistress Amalie
Fate? Jin probably had it laundered and returned
Author’s inspiration? It suggests Amalie isn’t quite as sophisticated as she seems
Appeared in? Man Overboard


Timbre conjured a handkerchief with puppies printed on it, gazed at it with surprise, shrugged and gave it to Jin. “Courtesy of Amalie and a chain store, I expect. Next?”

Timbre Merriweather could make electronics do things they wouldn’t do for anyone else. This even included forcing recalcitrant mobiles to work inside the wards at Peckerdale Grene Community Tower. When Jin Peckerdale needed to make some emergency phone calls to let various people know Zach Rowan wasn’t, in fact, drowned, Tim got his dad’s phone to cooperate. Jin, already feeling fragile, couldn’t keep up her usual cool façade in the face of Zach’s family’s distress, and actually found herself crying.

Speaking with Zach’s stepbrother Nikolai was even more of an ordeal, but at least he answered his own phone. He cried. Jin felt tears trickle down her cheeks. Since when did she do empathy?

 Luckily, Timbre had gained some insight into emotional young women from spending time with his dance partner Amalie, so when he conjured a handkerchief for Jin, he just naturally acquired one of Amalie’s by mistake…

Amalie’s puppy print handkerchief appears in Man Overboard


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. You can find you way into her maze of websites and blogs via the portal here.(Sally is me, by the way.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. 2017 is well behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of June 2018 I STILL hadn't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books in the pipeline, and I'm certainly showcasing those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, places and objects. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far!

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