Eskape Press has been doing a Christmas in July celebration, so I thought I’d shout out my short Christmas story, Seeing You Again. It is available from Eskape Press in ebook and paperback.
After twenty-five years with Sam, their lives revolving in circles that barely touched let alone overlapped, was it time Margie consigned their marriage to an album of faded photographs? The Christmas ball at her mother-in-law’s retirement home would either be the final straw for their failing marriage or the perfect chance to reignite the old flame. Can the happy-go-lucky shenanigans of the retirement community remind Margie and Sam that falling in love has no age limit?
Margie brushed Sam’s hair smooth and nodded as he grasped the door handle. He yanked it open.
Margie looked between them as they both shouted, “What are you doing here?”
“I, um, was looking for some paper towels.” Gladys’ hand darted between her and Sam and pulled for a roll off the shelf.
Sam grabbed her hand before she could dislodge the brown roll. “For where?”
Gladys reached again. “The ladies’ room.”
“We were just in there and it was fully stocked.”
Gladys’ mouth formed an O and her hand dropped away from the roll. “Then I guess my friend was mistaken. I’ll just be going and leave you two to… whatever.” She giggled and waved her hand.
“Why were you really here, Mom?” Sam asked.
Gladys mumbled something. “It’s really nothing. I’ll just be on my way back to the dance.” She turned to give truth to her words, but a couple of her friends came up behind her.
One of the women said, “I told that other chaperon we had to use the ladies’ room. I hope we can try this out. Oh—” She twisted her hand around her lips to lock them.
“What is going on here?” Margie asked.
“You two are such fuddy-duddies.” Gladys rolled her eyes. “We weren’t going to do anything worse than what you were.” She licked her thumb and wiped a smudge of Margie’s lipstick off Sam’s cheek. “Just having a bit of fun.”
“What kind of fun?” Sam growled as he jerked away from her hand.
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