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Notes of petulance sounded as Thalia smeared graphite with a blending stump. “One returned envelope! Tomorrow marks toooooooooo weeks!” Back and forth, back and forth she scrubbed.
Calliope set her featherlight hand on Tal’s knee. “Soft, circular motions… so the lines are not visible.”
Nią drummed her fingers on the table. “We did our best. Our call-to-collaborate invitations were — filled with care, attention, consideration —” She swallowed a lump in her throat. “We did? Do our best?”
Cal nodded. “We did... and we enjoyed the doing. Do you recall the three guiding words we chose to lead us in 2023?”
“Fearless.” Tal’s vigorous hand circles threatened to tear the page.
“Flourish.” Frustration flooded Urania’s features.
“And…” Cal breathed serenity into the room, “… Faith. Either our patience is being tested… or the invitations were simply a learning experience. If more responses are meant to come… they will. Right now our latitude lies…”
“— in writing,” said Nia.
“— and drawing!” added Thalia.
“… our stories for the book.”
Gratification comes in the doing not in the results.
~ James Dean