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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
Rachel turned off her Kindle and popped it back inside her bag. She looked around at the other passengers on the train, wondering how many of them considered themselves to be naughty. Obviously Charlotte, in the story she'd been reading, felt that breaking someone's heart was the worst thing anyone could do.
She nestled back against the headrest, smiling at the simplicity of being thought of as either naughty, or nice. What did that imply? That some deeds or actions brought retribution, and others brought rewards? I haven't broken anyone's heart, she thought, but then I've never rescued a kitten, either.
As the train rumbled along she began to relax and clear her mind. There was so much going on inside her head at the moment— so many new emotions she was experiencing for the first time. A tear formed in the corner of her eye and she turned her head to look out of the window. Trees, houses, open spaces, industrial buildings— the world whizzed by at speed. Out there, under cover of the growing darkness, how many people were looking forward to the Christmas holiday? How many were dreading it?
As the wheels rumbled on, the words naughty or nice kept running through her head in quick succession, as if keeping time with the moving train.
Copyright © Linn B. Halton
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