Written Fireside is a round robin style written, short story feature based on the campfire game where one person starts a story then passes it on to the next person gathered by the fire to continue.

For each story I write part 1, then each participating author (a Fire Writer) adds a part in turn.

Dec 24, 2014

Naughty or Nice? Naughty but Nice by Teresa F. Morgan

This Christmas enjoy how each author creates a unique tale from the same starting sentences written by

Georgia Beyers
the author of 
can be followed online 

fourteenth in the anthology is

Teresa F. Morgan

fellow Harper Impulse author 
and a Fire Writer for Written Fireside 

Naughty but Nice

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

Well, she had a few more days to fix things before Christmas Eve. 

Not with Daniel, of course. He so wasn’t right for her. 

He can’t have been that devastated either. Molly reported seeing him hanging out with Daisy a week later. 

Pfft. Daisy and Daniel. 

That’ll never last. Their names together sound so mushy. 

Now who’s getting nasty? Santa doesn’t condone nastiness. He’ll tolerate naughty… And jealousy was never your style, Charlotte Templeton. Good luck to Daisy and Daniel. 

See, she could do nice. Maybe sensitive, meek, Daisy will endure Daniel’s sulks. There you go again, getting nasty. 

Maybe he was just that way with her. Charlotte had grown tired of the selfish tantrums if he didn’t get his way, to the point they had started to make her miserable. A relationship was supposed to come easily, happiness was not meant to be a challenge. They were two different species. Compared to the happy, spritely Charlotte, Daniel carried the traits of a demon. 

Charlotte tugged up her scarf to cover her nose, then stuffing her gloved hands into the pockets of her wool coat, convinced herself, not for the first time, that she’d made the right decision. Daniel may well have said he loved her, he may have acted really hurt, but he’d never truly shown her his feelings.

Copyright © Teresa F. Morgan

Read the rest of Naughty but Nice plus fourteen more short Christmas stories for free right now. 

Teresa's bio:

I live in sunny Weston-super-Mare, trying to hold onto my Surrey accent where I was born and bred.
For years I persevered with boring jobs, until my two boys joined my nest. In an attempt to find something to work around them, and to ensure I never endured full time boredom again, I found writing.
I’m at my happiest baking cakes, putting proper home cooked dinners on the table (whether the kids eat them or not), reading a good romance, or sitting at my PC emptying my thoughts onto the screen.
I love writing contemporary romance, stories with a touch of escapism and creating heroes readers will fall in love with. Men who in reality, let’s face it, just don’t exist.

Teresa is the author of

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