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Season of SurprisesGood morning! I'd thought I would share a bit about "Holiday Handbag Extravaganza," my funny short story featured in the Season of Surprises anthology.
As many of you know, I love handbags. Usually, my heroines carry a special one. Enid Collins handbags are near and dear to my heart. I have about nine. They are jeweled and stenciled spectacularly. Sadly, I don't have a holiday one. Here's a couple from the Enid Collins fan club:
I thought why not combine my love for all things Enid and holiday stories and came up with my story.
“Holiday Handbag Extravaganza”: Christmas Countdown is on! Hunk-a-licious customer, Jack Treadaway, pesters boutique owner, Callie Woods, to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.
What a mess.
The bell sitting on the counter above my head ding-ding-dinged in an irritating way. I huffed. Really?
Then I heard, "Hey,” —two dings— “I need help. Anybody working today?"
Despite the din assaulting my ears, I didn't answer, and not because I was mean. Because I was a woman on a mission. It was imperative I retrieve the hundred dollar bill that had vanished when The Copper Teapot's front door had erupted wide with a wintry gust. All kinds of stuff had gone flying like price tags, papers, and hard-earned moola. In today's sucky economy, every smidgen of revenue mattered.
Obviously, this guy couldn’t see me crouched down on the floor. His toe tapping and bell ringing conveyed his impatience. Sticking the ruler in the gap between the floor and the showcase, I bit my lip and concentrated, waving the tool back and forth so I could snag the elusive dinero. Another three-note ding sounded, and I rolled my eyes before singsonging, "Just a...minute, please."
Fingers drummed above my head. I shrugged my shoulders, thinking, rats. Every customer is important. Guess I should be a responsible business owner and do the right thing. "Be right with you."
"Okay, but hurry."
"Almost...there...Got it!" I jumped to my feet and dangled the money in his face. "Pay day."
I finished my jig to check out the customer only to find —Oh By Golly— Jack, as in the Jack Treadaway, the hunky hunk from Sommerville High School days. I couldn't believe this man graced my shop.
Why was he here?
So why is Jack at The Copper Teapot? LOL There's action, adventure--OOPS! that's what happens in the new Star Wars movie. Seriously, romance, a nasty sister, handbags everywhere all adds up to tons of fun.
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