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 16, 2014

Naughty or Nice? Naughty or Nice...? by Erin Lawless

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 

Sixth in the anthology is 

Erin Lawless
fellow Harper Impulse author
 and a Fire Writer for Written Fireside 
in His Way Home & Changes 

Check out her Fire Writer Friday & 
First Fight Friday interviews

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 fiancĂ©’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 fiancĂ©e. 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

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

Erin's bio: 

I live a happy life full of wonderful friends, in love with a man who buys me books instead of flowers. To mix things up a little, I write books where friends and lovers hit obstacles and (usually) overcome them. When I’m not doing that I read absolutely everything I can get my hands on, spend an inordinate amount of time in pyjamas and run a fun-but-informative blog on British history.

Erin is the author of


  A free teaser with extra scenes
and character biographies


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