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 18, 2014

Naughty or Nice? Perfect by Linn B. Halton

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 

Eighth in the anthology is

Linn B. Halton
fellow Harper Impulse author
and a Fire Writer for Written Fireside
in Changes  

Check out her 
Fire Writer Friday interview.


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

Read the rest of Perfect plus fourteen more short Christmas stories for free right now. 

Linn's bio: 

I live in a small village in Gloucestershire with the man I fell in love with, virtually at first sight. We were at a party and our eyes ‘met’ across a crowded room! My days are spent with characters who become friends and Mr Tiggs, a feline with catitude. I always knew that one day I would write romantic novels, but I never dreamed they would have a psychic twist! I’ve experienced many ‘unexplainable’ things, but it took a long time for me to accept the reality of what that means. Love, life and beyond…  but it’s ALWAYS about the romance!

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