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Whitecrow Trading Post

(formerly known as Silverheels Trading Post)

Journal of Fanny Whitecrow

Aunt Daphne

June 6, 2020

June 5, 2020

Exeter, Devon, England


My father’s youngest sibling, my Aunt Daphne, still lives at home with her parents. I don’t know exactly how old she is, but her age is closer to my own than to Daddy’s. I think she must have been a late-in-life surprise blessing for my grandparents. Daphne is quite comely, but she’s strange. She hardly ever speaks, but keeps entirely to herself. I used to think she didn’t like me. Now, I believe that she is just painfully shy and somewhat depressed. I wonder if maybe she once had a love affair that went terribly wrong and she has not yet recovered from the experience.

No. That is probably just romantic nonsense on my part. I know better than to make such wild, unsupported speculations.

In any event, I told Daphne last night, after everyone else had gone to bed, that I wanted more than anything for her and me to become good friends. It took a lot of nerve for me to be so bold with her, I can tell you that.

Okay,” she said without much enthusiasm.

One of my mother’s best girlfriends in Mexico City,” I confided, “is an English expat named Daphne, Daphne Trent. I have always thought Daphne was the loveliest of names.”

Aunt Daphne smiled a little at my remark. “Is that why you wanted me for a friend?”

Yes,” I said with a straight face. “I was jealous of my mother. Now, I can say that I too have a girlfriend named Daphne.”

For the first time I can remember, Aunt Daphne actually laughed aloud. Who knew that she had such a delightful sense of humor. We really are going to be good friends. I can already tell.


 

Weather Threat

June 6, 2020

June 4, 2020

Exeter, Devon, England


I understand that, over Guatemala right now, there is a tropical depression trying to gather itself into a tropical storm. The name it has been given is Cristobal. Its projected path takes it toward Houston by next Sunday evening. I am quite concerned for all my friends there, lest this depression becomea not just a tropical storm but a hurricane. I am especially worried for Percy and Xiomara, who have, in the last few years, become as dear to me as my ...


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My Grandfather Ashe

June 6, 2020

June 3, 2020

Exeter, Devon, England


Grandfather Ashe has rather rigid ideas about what is proper and prudent. Mind you, he is very tolerant of my liberal values, my somewhat unconventional lifestyle, my posing nude for artists, my voracious sexual appetite, and even of my occasional daliences with other girls. But because I never sleep in and always show up for breakfast on time, I am solid in his books. It’s killing me though. There being only one computer in this house for ten peopl...


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Sexual Attraction

June 6, 2020

June 2, 2020

Exeter, Devon, England


I don’t know exactly what it is that makes me attracted to some men and not to others. I admire good looks, of course, but good looks alone won’t do it for me. What I do know for sure is that certain things turn me off completely: stupidity, cruelty, insensitivity, prejudicial hatred, and over-inflated egos. Once I have seen evidence of any of these faults in a man, he has no chance with me whatever.

At age 16, I was much less discerning. I’d ...


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An Embarrassing Moment

June 6, 2020

June 1, 2020

Exeter, Devon, England


My cousin Giles, who is not yet 16 years old, knocked on my bedroom door this morning.

Yeah?” I answered, meaning “Who is it?”

Giles interpreted my response to mean “Come in,” and he promptly did so.

Completely topless, I had a knit shirt in my hands about to put it on. Giles was mortified. He blushed and stammered an excuse, tried to retreat, but couldn't seem to find the doorknob.

I quickly slipped the shirt on over my head and reass...


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About Me


Fanny Whitecrow My full name is Madeleine Estefania Whitecrow Ashe. I am the niece of Trudy Silverheels, founder of this trading post. To readers of historical fiction, I am known as M W Ashe.
Past managers of this trading post, besides Aunt Bootsy (Trudy Silverheels), are my mother (Miranda Whitecrow), Xiomara Antonia Roma, and Beatrice Garza Johnson. I thank them all for keeping this enterprise operational until I became of age to run it myself.
After a Painting by Maija

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