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The Christmas Burn Up
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
Then again, she supposed it all depended whose side Santa would come down on if he knew the facts. Did Santa realise that for all his repeated claims that she had broken his heart, Daniel had broken hers first? And Daniel might have told her, repeatedly, that he was heartbroken when she refused to take him back and give things another chance, but could his heart really be broken into a million tiny pieces when three weeks earlier he’d ended their relationship himself? He’d made a mistake , he said, as if that was somehow a good enough reason for her to take him back. But what it boiled down to was that he’d decided the grass wasn’t greener after all. She’d broken his heart because she wouldn’t let him change his mind.
How the hell was that HER fault?
She’d stood her ground firmly in the face of his apologies. Her stubbornness or his desertion? Whose side Santa would come down on? Santa was a man. She bet he’d back Daniel, just like Daniel’s gang of firefighter mates had closed ranks. The air was cut-glass cold as she breathed in and she pulled her coat around her more tightly.
Copyright © Charlotte Phillips
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