Fandom: Turn: Washington’s Spies
Relationships: Edmund Hewlett/Anna Strong
Characters: Anna Strong, Edmund Hewlett, Caleb Brewster, Ben Tallmadge, Abigail, Mary Woodhull, Abe Woodhull, Richard Woodhull, John Graves Simcoe, Robert Townsend, Samuel Townsend, James Rivington, Akinbode, Ensign Baker, Cicero, Aberdeen, Bucephalus, Thomas Woodhull (Sprout)
Genre: Modern AU / Coffeeshop AU
Timing, Anna knew, was everything. Selah had taught her that.
Sixty seconds’ hesitation could prove the difference between a mug of hot water too pale even to stain parchment, or a tea so tannic it made every sip a cringe. The line between the two was finer than silk. You could try to make a science of it; Edmund, probably, would have tried to make a science of it. But in Anna’s experience, science had no proven no substitute for instinct. Proper steeping depended too much on the hardness of the water, the heat of the kettle, the personality of the leaves. The only truth she’d gleaned from all her years of trial and error was that anything left stagnant turned bitter before long.
And that was the worst thing about Setauket—for everything stagnated there.