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The Charlotte's Christmas Aria
Charlotte sat at the bus stop wondering whether she would make the naughty or nice list this year. Last year she had rescued a stray kitten and therefore considered herself most definitely “nice”. This year she had broken Daniel’s heart into a million tiny pieces, so “naughty” seemed to be the only answer. There’d be no Santa Claus coming down her chimney anytime soon. – Georgia Beyers
The rescuing of the kitten, as far as she was concerned , most definitely negated any bad she may have accumulated on her part over the whole ‘DanielGate’issue. If she was standing at the gates of heaven right this minute, there was no doubt that St. Peter would agree. Yes, she’d messed up with Daniel so bad last night, she couldn’t deny that. But she wasn’t a bad person and she had her reasons. Valid reasons. She refused to think about all that right now. Because if she did, she may become undone. She had to remain strong. She had done the right thing.
Her mind drifted back to the day she met Daniel. Had she not risked life and limb to save the kitten, she’d never had met him. She still marvelled that she had ever gotten involved in the whole drama, because she didn’t even like cats. In fact she would go as far as to say that they gave her the hee-bee-gee-bees. The cause of her cat phobia? Blame it on Saturday afternoon cartoons when she was a child. She had gotten rightly traumatised by Tom and Jerry gleefully terrorising each other.
Copyright © Carmel Harrington
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