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I have chosen snippets from my book The Sealed Door for this blog post.
It's the only Christmas in the entire 'Seven Spell Saga'.
It's nearly Christmas, but one of the three friends has a birthday that always seems to be forgotten. Chloe and Oliver decide to celebrate Tristan's birthday that year.
The town was so busy. All the shops were still open, and even though it was dark, the place seemed light from all the Christmas lights, trees lit up, special outdoor lights, awnings full of fairy lights, and light spilling from shop windows.
Warmth greeted us in the hallway, and I could hear lots of laughing and talking coming from the middle drawing room. I took Tristan’s hand and we went into the kitchen, there was food on the table, plates of sausage rolls and little triangle pastry things. I picked up the electric kettle and started to make coffee and then as Tristan helped, I smiled at him.
“Let’s go and check the mirth coming from down the hall”. I took his hand and pulled him close, he kissed me, and then we went down the hall to check the middle drawing room.
It was Steven, mom, John and gran. They had a Christmas tree that was taller than the room was high and very wide. They were holding it sideways as Steven sawed a little off the top where it was thinnest and easiest to saw. The perfume of pine needles and tree filled the room, as they got it upright in the space mom had made for it when she re-arranged the room.
Steven turned to me and gave me the part that had been cut off and the saw. He helped to arrange the tree so that it did not crush against the wall. Mom saw Tristan and smiled hello to him, gran turned and did the same. I said we were making coffee if anyone wanted it or tea. Tristan and I made coffee and tea for mom and gran as well as ourselves. John and Steven had hot chocolate.
We sat at the kitchen table for about ten minutes and mom was asking Tristan about the work he had on for Christmas and saying how busy the restaurant was. She suddenly turned her attention to me, “So Chloe, you were out shopping all day what did you buy? Have you taken it up to your room already?”
I widened my eyes at her as if to say shut up mom, and then filled the silence with, “Oh I didn’t get much in the end. I couldn’t make up my mind about things, and I forgot it was in Oliver’s car when Tristan brought me home”.
She got the message and went on to say that she was going out with granny the next day, she wanted to get some new Christmas tree decorations, and maybe we could dress the tree this weekend. I smiled at her. This weekend was full of people wanting to dress trees, when all Oliver and I wanted was to give Tristan some kind of birthday celebration.
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