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The Pickle Queen

The Pickle Queen

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The Pickle Queen
A Crossroads Café Novella
Book Two of The MacBrides

Pickles are mentioned in the Bible. Cleopatra ate them as a beauty regimen. Shakespeare put them in his plays. Mason designed jars for bottling them. So did Ball. Did Mason and Ball fight over the King of the Pickle Jars title? I don’t know. I did know this much: I used pickles to keep fear, pride, and my love of Jay Wakefield behind a door I would not risk opening again. Even now.

Wakefields take what they want. MacBrides never surrender. For nearly a hundred years, a battle of wills between these two deeply-rooted Appalachian families has ended in defeat and heartache—most often, for MacBrides. Now the MacBride name is barely more than a legend, and it’s up to Gabby MacBride to deal with the pain of her childhood memories and also the challenge of a MacBride legacy she’s only beginning to understand.

That will mean coming to terms with her bittersweet love for Jay Wakefield, the lonely rich boy who became her soul mate when they were kids, before the dark demands of his own legacy forced him to betray her.

Gabby comes home to Asheville.
The Pickle Queen
A Crossroads Café Novella
Book Two of The MacBrides

Pickles are mentioned in the Bible. Cleopatra ate them as a beauty regimen. Shakespeare put them in his plays. Mason designed jars for bottling them. So did Ball. Did Mason and Ball fight over the King of the Pickle Jars title? I don’t know. I did know this much: I used pickles to keep fear, pride, and my love of Jay Wakefield behind a door I would not risk opening again. Even now.

Wakefields take what they want. MacBrides never surrender. For nearly a hundred years, a battle of wills between these two deeply-rooted Appalachian families has ended in defeat and heartache—most often, for MacBrides. Now the MacBride name is barely more than a legend, and it’s up to Gabby MacBride to deal with the pain of her childhood memories and also the challenge of a MacBride legacy she’s only beginning to understand.

That will mean coming to terms with her bittersweet love for Jay Wakefield, the lonely rich boy who became her soul mate when they were kids, before the dark demands of his own legacy forced him to betray her.

Gabby comes home to Asheville.

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Part One
Gabby 2012Pickles are our friends, not just our food 
PICKLES ARE mentioned in the Bible. Cleopatra ate them as a beauty regimen. Shakespeare put them in his plays. Mason designed ars !or bottling them. So did Ball. "id Mason and Ball !ight o#er the
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Dear Big Sister,There’s something going on between yo and Jay !akefield" #dmit it" $ot %st from when we were kids" !hen he came to the &o'e to make that cold(blooded offer abot hiring s to work for him at )ree !heeler *when he knows we’re the rightfl heirs+, my food angels coldn’t get a good gri- on his secrets and -ain" Bt now that Dog and . are lo'ers, my angels ha'e e/-anded their men+ The same thing ha--ened when E'e was born" .’m fll of aromas and e'eryone arond me is a glory(fll meal of s-irital fla'ors+.t’s tre what Mama always said0 .t tastes good to be ali'e+So here’s what my foodie angels are telling me0 Jay has trned into baking chocolate" 1e’s got barely enogh sgar left to 2alify as 3bittersweet"4 1e’s des-erate for more
 
sgar" Jst like when we were kids, only mch, mch worse" )or lo'e" Trst" )amily" )or yo" 5o, 6abby" 5o" 1e needs  yo like cocoa btter needs 'anilla". know . told yo to let me and Dog handle him" . told yo not to listen when Delta was egging yo on with all that talk abot, 36o after him, %st remember yo can catch more flies with honey than with 'inegar, Pickle 7een"4 Bt . was wrong" 5o need to go after him" &ome here" &ome home"!here we were born" !here we belong". came home" $ow yo and 6s come home, too"8o'e, Tal
4,-E -EARI/0%S about to start.5 My la&yer laid her hand on my shoulder. ou kno& things are bad &hen your attorney keeps patting you.My senses !illed &ith a#o'ado and lemon. ,he la&yer%s sa!e pla'e. ,al%s !oodie angels brought her #isions o! baked goods. Mine brought brine) peppers) spi'es) tastes that bit ba'k. I! my 'han'es o! &alking a&ay &ithout being 'harged &ith embe66lement got any &orse) my la&yer &as going to turn into gua'amole.I 'losed the 'o#er on my phone and stood.I &asn%t going ba'k to /orth Carolina. 7r ba'k to *ay. /ot e#er. ,he s&eet boy I remembered &as lost inside a bitter man. -e%d be'ome &hat he%d on'e hated most. A +ake!ield.
 ay !akefield, Mac"ride, #ettie, !hittlespoon $top The %ock of $&es1'('
89:E .S #$ 9PE$ 'ein in a montain of granite rock" Elemental" 6abby and . were bonded nder -ressre, sealed in the earth, srfaced by heat, crystali;ed by fire" 8ike sands throgh the hor glass, these are the days of the lies we sr'i'ed" 9r !akefield(MacBride legacy started dee- inside the rock of ages"
SA/". SILICA. SILIC7/ "io2ide. Si78. Kno&n sin'e an'ient times. 9uart6. ,he most 'ommon &orking3'lass ro'k on the planet. ,he bedro'k under the mattress o! the Blue Ridge Mountains that 'o#er our part o! /orth Carolina.My great3grand!ather Augustus didn%t kno& or 'are about the minerals under the sur!a'e o! 1ree +heeler &hen he bankrupted Arlo Claptraddle by buying his 'ompetition and dri#ing bi'y'le pri'es into

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