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Naughty or 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
As if on cue, Charlotte’s mobile buzzed to tell her that she had yet another email in from Jenny. Attached were seven picture files of near-identical table runners with a demand that she urgently provide feedback as to which of them would best compliment the festive pinecone and gypsophila centrepieces. Charlotte dropped her phone back into the recesses of her handbag and let out a deep breath. She had literally no idea how she’d ended up as the Maid of Honour for the Christmas wedding from Hell. It was baffling.
It wasn’t like she and Jenny had ever been all that close; she and Daniel, of course, a little too close… Perhaps Jenny was just trying to make a point, exorcise the past, demonstrate to all and sundry how very little she cared about her fiancé’s sexual history – so much so she was prepared to dress that history up in fetching apricot tulle and stand her up beside them at the altar… Because that’s what they were – Jenny and Charlotte – when they stood together, a little tableau, the sum total of Daniel Fisher’s sexual experience; the ex-girlfriend and the fiancée. The “loves of my life!” Dan would jovially call them when he wasdrunk, slinging one inappropriate arm round Charlotte’s shoulders , grabbing Jenny by the waist, Jenny shooting Charlotte a brave little look across the back of his head as if to say, silly Daniel; our silly Daniel.
Copyright © Erin Lawless
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