Julie stared up at the overhead screen and sadly watched as the flight board inside the filled to capacity airport, flickered from on time to cancelled.  “I can’t believe tomorrow is Christmas and it appears I will be spending it by myself inside this terminal.  She slowly sank back into the cold hard chair and couldn’t help but begin to cry.  She had thought that going away to college was going to be a dream come true and in many ways it was but tonight she wanted nothing more than to be back in New York surrounded by her family and friends.  She wanted to hear the carolers as they serenaded her and her boyfriend of three years, Tim.  She wanted the hustle and bustle of the city streets with the shoppers rushing from one store to another finishing their last minute gift buying.  She missed the feeling of the fresh falling snow upon her as she stared up at the huge tree all a glow in Rockefeller Center.  Perhaps most of all she wanted to feel like she was home again.  “Well,” she thought, “I guess this won’t be a Christmas to remember after all.”  She unfolded the blanket she had brought for the flight and tried to make herself comfortable or at least as close too comfortable, as she could manage to get.  Her eyes must have slowly closed because the next thing she remembered was a flight attendant tapping her on the shoulder.  Julie looked up at the lady with hope that she had overreacted and somehow all the flights were back on.  However, she knew that wasn’t really a possibility.  “Yes,” Julie said while attempting a smile.  “It appears you are alone tonight,” the flight attendant ventured a guess.  “Great,” Julie thought, “now not only am I alone but I am having this kind lady point it out to me. “  She wanted to hide under the blankets and pretend she didn’t notice how everyone else in the airport seemed to have someone with them.  Looking back up at the flight attendant she couldn’t help but shake her head yes confirming that she was indeed alone.  “I was in your shoes once and it was awful.  Christmas felt so far away.”  Julie gave a sad smile, after all that was exactly how she was feeling.  The flight attendant dug in her large satchel and pulled out a green wrapped package with a bright red bow.  “This helped me once upon a time, perhaps it can help you too.”  Then handing the gift to Julie she said, “but before you open it you must promise to one day help someone else who is in need of some Christmas spirit.”  Julie nodded her head in agreement and wondered if what was inside the package really could bring back the Christmas she so desperately wanted.  She slowly began to untie the red ribbon and peel away the carefully wrapped green paper.  Before she knew it she was staring at a small wooden box.  “Like this is going to help me,” she thought as she carefully lifted the lid and peered inside.  Julie let out her first smile of the season.  For inside that neatly wrapped gift and carefully placed inside the wooden box was exactly what her heart had longed for.  

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN…WHAT WAS INSIDE THE PACKAGE THAT HELPED JULIE FIND HER CHRISTMAS SPIRIT?

 
 
I've Been Tagged Watch Out Are You Next???11/17/2012

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So my friend Darlene Henderson tagged me in a post. I guess we want people to look because that’s the game. You find the word look in your work in progress (WIP) and you post an excerpt around it. So here’s my bit from the story with the working title of The Thousand Mile Journey

Jessica, or Jessie as she preferred to be called, sat in class on that warm April morning watching the hands on the clock slowly tick away the minutes.  She was trying to focus on what the teacher was saying as he went on and on about the book, “Romeo and Juliet,” but flashes of lights had begun to play in her mind.  She placed her head between her two hands and quietly mumbled “Oh no.”  Her best friend Tommy who sat behind her placed his cold but reassuring hand on her shoulder blade.  He could tell by the look on her face and the sweat that she was starting to display that the flashes of light were starting up again.   He knew that at times like these the most that he could do was be there for her. 

Next rule tag five more writers.

So Friends: here we go;

Holly J. Margaret

Rhonda Laurel

Charley Descoteaux

Milly Taiden

Candace Sams

Have fun Y’all
 
 
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