A Writer's Journey

December 24, 2018

The Christmas Wish Chapter 4: Christmas Eve

Filed under: journey,The Christmas Wish,writing — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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The sneak peeks of my fanfic-turned-novel, The Christmas Wish, return as Adelaide, Theo and the people of Stony Castle start to celebrate Christmas.

Adelaide held Hugh’s hand as they entered the warm and brightly lit diner, Hugh bouncing by her side. Minnie had decorated more since they had been there that morning, pushing the tables aside to create more room in the middle of the diner so people could stand around. A Christmas tree now stood next to the jukebox and Christmas lights hung around the diner. Fake snow covered the windows and paper candy canes, snowmen, Santas and reindeer were taped up on the walls. Christmas music wafted over the buzz of the conversations and Adelaide paused, taking a deep breath to bask in the holiday spirit filling the place.

People greeted her and her son as she headed toward the back. She recognized most from her job at Town Hall, usually because they were lodging complaints for some reason or another. Tonight, though, she only heard good wishes for her holiday and New Year as everyone put aside business for this one day. Adelaide returned every greeting she got with a warm smile and Hugh waved to everyone like he was the mayor parading down Main Street.

“Adelaide! Hugh! Over here!” Maisie waved from the table she had taken for her family, rocking her baby son Daniel in one arm. She wore a festive red sweater with snowmen embroidered on it and had paired it with a nice black skirt as well as black snow boots. A red headband sat in her brown hair with silk holly and red beads mimicking berries attached to it. Daniel wore a Santa Claus onesie and together with his mother, looked like something out of a Christmas catalogue.

Acknowledging her step-sister with a wave, Adelaide guided Hugh through the crowd to the table. The boy bounded up to the two, grinning widely. “Hi, Aunt Maisie! Hi, Daniel!”

“Hello, Hugh,” Maisie greeted warmly. She kissed his forehead. “Merry Christmas.”

Adelaide helped Hugh out of his coat before she slid her own off and placed it on the back of a chair. She then held out her arms. “Can I hold my favorite nephew?”

“He’s your only nephew,” Joseph Dillon, Maisie’s husband, commented as he approached the table. His blue eyes twinkled as he hugged Hugh and he gave Adelaide a big grin. Joseph wasn’t dressed as festively as his wife and son, but he looked nice in a dark green shirt and black jeans.

She rolled her eyes as she took Daniel from his mother, kissing his chubby cheeks. “Doesn’t mean he can’t also be my favorite.”

“Am I your favorite nephew?” Hugh asked Joseph, hazel eyes wide as he looked up at his uncle.

Joseph chuckled, ruffling his hair. “Of course you are.”

“Adelaide, you look beautiful,” Maisie said, changing the subject. “I love what you did with your hair.”

Adelaide smiled, reaching up to touch the bun that was pinned just behind her left ear. She had tucked a sprig of silk holly in it as a festive decoration, matching Maisie’s. “Thank you. It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube these days.”

“I think I’ll have to try that next time. There’s only so much headbands can do,” Maisie replied, patting her pixie cut. “And you have to tell me where you got that dress.”

“Trina made it for me,” Adelaide replied, glancing down at the red silk gown with a floral overlay made in black satin. Black lace covered her arms and a round neckline rested just below her collarbone. It made her feel like Rose from Titanic—all she needed was a Jack.

(She ignored the fact that Theo had flashed in her mind, dressed like Leonardo DiCaprio and sitting on a couch, holding a drawing pad and pencil).

Maisie nodded, impressed. “She did a wonderful job.”

“Thank you,” Trina said, approaching in a dark green cocktail drink with mesh cap sleeves. Her blonde curls were piled atop her head with glitter sprinkled in her hair as well as on her face. She looked very elfin, if Adelaide was honest, as if she was about to jump into Santa’s sleigh and help him on his delivery route.

Trina looked Maisie over, appraising her. “You know, if you ever want me to make a dress for you…”

“I know where to find you,” Maisie replied, laughing as she hugged the younger woman. “Thank you for the offer.”

Hugh looked up at Trina. “Did all the kids get their presents?” he asked, looking very earnest.

“Thanks to you, they did.” She wrapped her arm around him, giving him a hug, before looking up at the others with a proud look. “Hugh helped me wrap presents for kids who are spending Christmas in a local shelter.”

“How sweet,” Adelaide said, pulling her son close to kiss the top of his head. She was also so proud of him and glad he was helping others. It had been something her father had instilled in her and something her mother had unsuccessfully tried to squash out of her. “You’re a good boy, Hugh.”

He wiggled away from her, looking sheepish as his ears burned red. He focused on his babysitter. “Trina, how did you get all the presents to the shelter? Your car is so small.”

She laughed. “Yes, which is why Theo drove the presents there in his truck.”

Adelaide’s ears perked up in a way she didn’t really want to acknowledge when she heard Theo was involved. “He did?”

“Yes,” Trina replied. “He always helps when he can. Delivering food, clothes, presents…whatever. He also makes generous donations himself.”

“Of course he does.” Adelaide glanced across the diner where she easily picked out Theo in the crowd. He was standing in the corner, wearing a dark green sweater with a lighter green shirt under it and black slacks. His hair wasn’t as neatly combed as he usually wore it, almost like someone had messed it up with their fingers. And he looked very relaxed, his smile bright…Had he had coffee and more with that elf from the mall? Were they here together?

She mentally slapped herself. What did it matter to her if he did and if they were? His love life was none of her concern.

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