CATHERINE: A week ago, the MIB (Men In Black) gave me the heads up on Darq’s ETA to my farm. With such advanced information for a change, I decorate the dining room to welcome Darq back to planet Earth and her stay at my farm. Oh, darn, the dog’s barking up a riot. Excuse me . . . (Catherine looks out the window and sees the stealth helicopter landing. It doesn’t take long for Darq and her luggage to be deposited on Catherine’s porch and the government men take off in the helicopter.)
After joyful hugs, Catherine and Darq enter the house — and Darq is surprised with balloons!
DARQ (laughing and batting away a stray balloon): Thanks for the welcome!
CATHERINE: Just thought some balloons would be a nice touch to welcome you back to the farm.
DARQ: Well, I really appreciate it, and, I have something for you. (Darq goes to one of her travel bags and takes out a shell dotted with flowers. She presents it to Catherine.)
CATHERINE: This is lovely. You shouldn’t have —
DARQ: Nonsense. You like vases and you like flowers. That shell, by the way, is from my home world.
CATHERINE: It’s as glittery as Mother-of-Pearl! Oh, and the big knobby end looks like a conch shell, but that long shell tail is something else. Are the flowers from your homeworld?
DARQ (scowling): No. Customs said I could bring the shell to Earth but no flowers. I had to settle for Earth posies. Those blooms are from the tropics.
CATHERINE (sets the shell-flowers in the center of her dining room table): Well, it’s a lovely decoration. Thank you. Now, tell me about that outfit you’re wearing.
DARQ (smiling with pride): Do you like it? It’s a fashion statement from my homeworld. And it’s very comfy for traveling. Especially the shoes.
CATHERINE (muttering under her breath) : Always the shoes!
DARQ: What did you say? I didn’t hear that.
CATHERINE: Nothing. I was just clearing my throat. And, yes, I like our outfit and your shoes. But you do know it’s fall here, right? Cool, as in my-furnace-just-kicked-on-again to keep the house warm?
DARQ: I was informed it would be sunny and warm here today.
CATHERINE: Ah, not necessarily. Seventy degrees is on the high side of cool, but I’m sure when the sun does comes out it will be a lot warmer. No matter. Point is, YOU’RE BACK! Welcome to your Home Away from Home for the next seven months and all the galas you get to go to! (Catherine gives Darq another hug.)
DARQ (pulling away from Catherine’s bear hug): Speaking of galas, the first special occasion outfit I’ll need is for Halloween.
CATHERINE: Oh, ho! What’s the party theme? There is a theme, right?
DARQ nods: The Earth time period is 1830-ish, and it’s a Masquerade Ball! Not only do I need a dress, I need feathers and flowers or something for my hair.
CATHERINE: 1830’s? I’m not sure what a ball gown of that era entails, but, com’mon, let’s go to my office and rev up my computer. We ought to find a garment design I can work with at Pinterest.
Stop back on Halloween and see what costume Darq wears.
DARQ: As you can see, I’m packed and at the Interstellar Terminal to make my flight home to Wysotti and see my husband and family. My tour as ambassador to planet Earth has been enjoyable, but there’s no place quite like home!
I heartily thank Catherine for sewing my outfit – it’s full of pockets! Just look at the pants —
And, of course, I love the shoes with the beaded tab. Oh, there’s the announcement that my flight is boarding. Gotta go — see you when I return October 1st!
*******From Catherine to sewers — The pants are corduroy and the jacket is an embossed cotton. Both pants and jacket have leather trim. The pink, silk “blanket stitching” was done with my sewing machine. I thought working with the little pockets would be difficult, but it wasn’t. I had the pants and jacket done in one day.
*** “It’s Women’s Starscape Fiction” – During the summer months, get and read (or reread) JEWELS OF THE SKY –
BACK COVER SYNOPSIS: Being a direct descendant of the captain who massacred the Mayans, Darq is a Wysotti woman and a duty-oriented, pragmatic interstellar fighter pilot. She doesn’t believe in miracles or forgiveness, or that J’Hi-inti (god) would ever rescind the death curse on her people for what happened to the Mayans. Only J’Hi-inti hears one compelling plea for reconciliation and decides to let chaos rule— and test Darq. After all, she’s a wild card like her nefarious ancestor. What will she do when she faces the ruthless alien fleet commander who spearheads the blitzkrieg that is to finally destroy her homeworld, and who she once witnessed murder her cadet comrades? Blinded by hate and survivor guilt, all that stands between survival and extinction, heaven or hell, for Darq and her people is mercy— or a miracle.
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DARQ: Hi, Catherine. To you and all who celebrate it, I hope you’re enjoying a Happy Easter!
CATHERINE: Thanks, Darq, it’s a cold Easter here, but it looks like you’re enjoying bright sunshine and mild temperatures.
DARQ: I am, but as usual, I’m not supposed to disclose where I’m at. Security and all that.
CATHERINE: I didn’t realize how Easter-eggish your attire is.
(Darq laughs.) DARQ: Yes, I sort of look like an Easter egg, but, hey, I’ve gotten lots of compliments from everyone here at the villa.
CATHERINE: So, what’s with that carrot you’re holding?
DARQ: Isn’t it obvious? I’m on a Carrot Hunt.
CATHERINE: A what?
DARQ: Instead of having an Easter Egg hunt, my host is having a Carrot Hunt. The person who finds the white rabbit will get the prize of a gem-encrusted carrot and a basket of three golden Easter eggs.
CATHERINE: Wow, that’s a ritzy prize!
DARQ: I know. And as you can see, I’ve discovered a quiet garden spot behind the villa and found the carrots that should lead me to a path and the rabbit!
CATHERINE: Well, good luck and have fun!
DARQ: Oh, I surely will. Enjoy your day! (Darq renews her hunt for the next carrot that will lead her to the white rabbit.)
Note to Sewers and Crafters – Darq is wearing a two-piece outfit consisting of a top and culottes. Of course, no Darq outfit is complete without shoes –
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******* Have a very Happy Easter *******
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DARQ: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate it!
Of course, no outfit of mine is ever complete without some bling on the shoes!
CATHERINE: Due to computer problems – and the wiping clean of my hard drive to reinstall Windows 10 anew – I have spent the past week trying to get up and running again. I lost my photo editing program (long story) and had to revert to what was available that came with the computer to crop the pictures. Finding my way through files and learning alternate programs took more time than I realized it would.
Darq will be back for an Easter greeting, so stop by then, or better yet, follow this blog and be automatically notified of the changes.
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Nothing very fancy,
just wishing everyone a
Happy Valentine’s Day!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Catherine and Darq
~~~~ What will Darq be wearing for St. Patrick’s Day?
Stop by March 17 and find out!
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