Saturday, November 14, 2015

A little flirtation ~ Weekend Writing Warriors / #8sunday / 11/15/15

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For the next few weeks I'll be sharing snippets from my 2015 holiday-themed short story     Believing in Santa 

Things went smoothly as they handed the presents out to the children at the homeless shelter; she admired how warm he was with all of the kids. Afterwards Dini regrets being so cold to Seth.

  (the following may have been creatively edited to fit)  ...and now the eight nine ten:



“It’s Dini, my name is Dini and I owe you an apology for my behavior earlier; I thought you were flirting with me and…”

“I was.”

That stopped her, “oh.”

“You look like a deer caught in the headlights. I get it, you probably didn’t want to be here before, I know I didn’t.”

 “I volunteered for this; of course I wanted to be here. If you didn’t want to be here why did you volunteer?”

He looked embarrassed, “sorry, I didn’t realize that you volunteered.”

“Didn’t you?”


“Nope,” he looked resigned, “I’m here because it was court ordered community service.”

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Dini didn’t want to think about her past. And, Seth wasn’t thinking about anything but his past. Thrown together as Santa and his Number One Elf at the homeless shelter, Dini and Seth seem to be on opposite sides... of everything. Her past is catching up to her, and Seth may risk his future to protect her. 

Believing in Santa

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As I am writing this post (of course last minute) my mind is replaying all of the news reports about the terrorist attacks in Paris... I hope that all of you and your loved ones are safe. As far as I know, all of my friends and family are physically no where near this horror; not so for an acquaintance who has been hoping to get word about a loved one for hours ~ I am praying for her and her daughter.
Writers by habit allow our minds to wander and place ourselves in situations, so it is not a surprise that many of us are holding the shock inside of us where it is sitting and eating away. I saw a meme on Facebook tonight, ironically from someone who hasn't been heard from YET, that is it scary that "anytime" could be the last time, and it made me shiver.
Back in September 2011 my husband and daughter took a trip to Paris (a late Father's Day gift and early birthday present) and they were present for the 9/11 commemoration ceremony held there while the Parisians honored all of the lives lost on American soil 10 years earlier. 9/11 was much closer, I personally knew families who lost loved ones, my husband responded on an ambulance into the city and we attended multiple memorial services - today the horror was an ocean away and still it has squeezed my heart.
***Saturday morning addendum - the acquaintance's daughter has been located & she is SAFE.
Hug all of your loved ones and pray for Paris and peace and people all over. And may you always enjoy the warmth of your loved ones' arms.

9 comments:

Kim Magennis said...

Oh my! A Bad Boy? Nice twist Chelle!

Author, Neva Rodriguez said...

Uh, oh Dini... What are you getting yourself into. Well I'm hoping his crime wasn't too bad since he only has to do community service. Great snippet!!!

Nancy Gideon said...

Great twist on your scene. Pulls the reader right in to hoping she's not in over her head.

Charmaine Gordon said...

Santa with a twist. Leave it to you to create a story with so much charm.

Thank you for the information regarding Paris. What a horror show of hate. Bless them and to hell with those who keep coming back to torment them.

Elaine Cantrell said...

LOL. NOt what she was expecting to hear.

Jesse said...

I don't know where this is going but I'm happy to follow. Nice snippet!

Veronica Scott said...

Glad your acquaintance was safe! Such a sad time for Paris and the French. Enjoyed the snippet, love the tone of this story and can't wait for more. I'm getting pretty fond of Mr Community Service "Santa" already.

Teresa Cypher said...

Zingo! What a neat twist. I didn't expect that. Great job, Chelle!

Caitlin Stern said...

Court ordered Santa! Huh. That might explain some things about the quality of Santas out there.