By Celia Jolley
A Just for Fun Fiction Christmas Story
(But oops, my first draft was almost done when poof,
1am Sunday morning it disappeared. So this afternoon I started writing it all over again.
But oops, it got published before I am anywhere near finished, not proof-read, not illustrated.
So here we are. I will work to get it finished sometime Monday, maybe.)
"but their mother just dumped them off. She also handed me the papers on her way out giving me the custodial parental rights. I guess she's off to Hawaii with her most recent interest and can't be bothered with her children."
"The tree is pretty, Gabriel. I'm proud of you for giving the children a good Christmas," Madge said wandering back from the living room."
"Well, I did the lights and the kids did the ornaments. That's why they are a little sparse up on top," he laughed nervously hoping she wasn't judging him for his less than perfect effort."
"It's beautiful just the way it is," she patted his arm.
"Alright then. Just tell me what time, and I'll be ready."
Sorry about that. I'll get you one of those single serve coffee makers as soon as I can." Then he stood there nervously trying to cover up his toe nails before she noticed.
"Won't you be going to spend Christmas with them?" He asked.
"No, they moved out of state. We don't have as much contact as we used to."
"What about your brother?"
"We were put in different homes since he was older. Now I've lost him. I still try to find him online, but so far, no luck. So, it's just me."
"Well, we want you to celebrate with us. It will just be Madge, the kids and me."
"I wouldn't want to intrude."
"Are you kidding? The kids would mutiny if I didn't invite you."
He finally got a big smile out of her. Besides, Madge would love to have your help in the kitchen. She's planning on a turkey with all the fixings for Christmas Eve, and then just leftovers on Christmas day."
"Alright then. I'd love to help her. She's a very nice lady."
"Yes, she is. I'm glad the kids have a grandma around. And their new babysitter."