A Wish for Christmas – 20 Stories for the Holiday Season
Enjoy the festive season with a little cheer from Alfie Dog Fiction. Put your feet up and revel in all that is best of Christmas and New Year with 20 stories from authors across the globe. Stories range from the moving to the amusing, the romantic to the tussle of family life.
Add a little sparkle to your Christmas with A Wish for Christmas
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Coming in from the Cold – Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt
2700 words Feel Good
Emily’s heart was as frozen as the winter landscape outside, until a little stray cat sought warmth on her sheltered back porch.
It was the coldest winter on record. The first frost had come in early October and here it was the middle of April, with snow still covering the yard. But Emily Mitchell wasn’t thinking of the weather as she hurried up the flagstone path from the garage to the house. She had three sets of history tests to grade, plus dinner to make for herself and her son Mike, who thankfully had a ride home from sixth-grade soccer practice. Emily’s cold fingers fumbled for the keys, then dropped them with a start. She wasn’t alone on the wooden porch. An animal huddled under the bench where the house protected it from the icy wind.
The Blue Christmas Tree – Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt
1150 words Christmas / Romance
Lisa is spending her first Christmas away from home, thrilled that sophisticated Ben invited her to a Christmas Eve penthouse party. But when they arrive, all she can see is the Christmas tree: perfect, elegant–and blue. Suddenly, she knows she doesn’t belong there, but can she risk losing Ben?
This story is included in the collection A Wish for Christmas
Lisa felt the fresh, clean snowflakes fall gently on her cheeks. Snow at last! It finally felt like Christmas. Even the grimy city streets glowed like the town square at home. Home . . . she could picture Mr. MacDougal locking his drug store and Mrs. Carroll turning the sign on her gift shop to “Closed.” In a few hours, the bell of the old stone church would call everyone to the Christmas Eve service. For the first time in her life, she wouldn’t be there.
The Wrong Time – Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt
3400 words Women’s Fiction
When Lauren learns she is pregnant, she is shocked and devastated. So is her boyfriend, Mark. They have so many plans, it is definitely the wrong time. She agrees to an appointment to end the pregnancy—but images of babies still float into her mind.
Lauren took a sip of her ginger ale as she read Mark’s text. Last-minute project. Will be late. That could mean anything from fifteen minutes to two hours. She looked around the noisy midtown bar. It was only six o’clock, but the bar was already filled with young professionals. Lauren willed herself to relax. Maybe wine would help, but no, she had promised herself. No wine until they made a decision. She ordered another soda and looked at her watch. Now it was six-thirty. She hoped Mark hadn’t been asked to chase down an obscure fact or find an elusive person again. That could take hours. Sometimes it did. As the newest associate in his law firm, he never said no. She shared his ambition, but couldn’t he, just once, make up an excuse? He knew how much she hated sitting alone in the bar.
Three Cheers for Emilio! – Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt
1220 words Children 7 – 11 years
As a new immigrant from Nicaragua to the United States, Emilio hopes that his talent in futball, or soccer as the Americanos call it, will bring him acceptance. But his skills are never enough. Will he ever feel at home?
Emilio raced down the field, his eyes fixed on the black and white soccer ball. Over and over it turned as he dribbled in perfect control. Left foot . . . right foot . . . left foot . . . right foot . . . Emilio and the ball flew toward the goal. The score was tied, 2-2. Time was running out. Emilio could already feel the triumph, see everyone crowding around, cheering him for scoring the winning goal. Just a few more seconds and he’d have it.