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22.12.21

THE DINER

 

CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE DINER

 Sally’s feet ached. Christmas Eve had been a long, hard slog.

Lorry drivers had merely grabbed a burger without leaving a tip, every family had brought over-excited, noisy children, and someone had thrown up in the toilets.

The moment the last customer left, Sally grabbed the keys to lock up – with luck she’d be home before midnight – but just then a couple stumbled out of the darkness.

“Don’t lock us out,” the man pleaded, “My wife’s in labour,” and as Sally held the door open for them, one brilliant star came to rest in the night sky over the diner.

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There will a fair number of people driving to see family this Christmas - I hope they all reach their destinations unscathed, and find a warm welcome there.

Thanks, as ever, to Rochelle for the prompt and for chivvying us in the Friday Fictioneers community into writing at least once a week. Although, to be honest, my story is a rerun. I am posting a Christmas story each day this week as my Advent Week Calendar, so feel free to scroll back to read my other stories. 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you all XX

29 comments:

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  2. I like how you're telling these stories, Lizy. Lovely.

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    1. Glad you're enjoying them, Helen. Thank you.

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  3. What fun! Can you do one where he gets born in a palace?

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    1. Probably - if I remember I'll have a go tonight after a drink and supper with friends! Promise me you'll read it?

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  4. Dear Liz,

    What a sweet story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. That was a lovely story, Liz! Wishing you a merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you,Brenda - a happy Christmas to you too.

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  6. Happy Holidays, Liz. I enjoyed your slice of life with a cherry on top story.

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  7. A lovely story. The twist at the end - gentle though it is - took me by surprise.

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  8. Such a sweet story. Loved the ending :)

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  9. Lovely and perfect for Christmas.

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    1. Thanks, Dale - have you read all this week's Christmas stories I posted?

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  10. Sweet and very fitting story for Christmas.

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  11. Very sweet story. A pleasant read.

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    1. Thanks, Bill, I stayed away from anything dark this week!

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  12. Ah sweet. Wish you the best possible Christmas. x

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  13. merry Christmas and happy new year to the new born

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  14. Oh I love the way you've set this in a diner. Uplifting story, it unfolds perfectly.

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    1. Thank you, YT, lovely to learn someone read my story a week after I posted it!

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