Coming up with a gift idea was the easy part — getting your hands on it is another thing entirely.
Posted in Adventure on Nov 18, 2022
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“The Holy Grail of Christmas Presents: The Easy-Bake Oven” by Murray Burns
The Holy Grail of Christmas Presents: The Easy-Bake OvenNot all dads are made alike.- Some are organized, plan ahead, and get their Christmas shopping done in November. Some are disorganized, procrastinate, and battle the crowds on December 24th to secure the desired gifts.-Some spoil and dote on their children. Some spoil and dote on their children to the extreme.-Some give up, make adjustments, and seek alternatives. Some never give up, steadfastly...
“Love's Manual” by Daniel Allen
TW: Contains mild bad language. What’s so special about a damn book? That thought had been spinning around my head for the past two weeks. Whenever it seemed willing to leave, Emily’s tears flooded it right back into place. After a long day of dragging from pawnshop to pawnshop, it was dug in deeper than ever. Still, my quest would end here, one way or another. I looked up at the sign. Cody’s Quick Cash. The last pawnshop in town, located right in the middle of the slimiest, most run-down neighbo...
“Language of Love” by Marty B
I am so bad at buying gifts I almost got arrested. I blame the long distance relationship we were in, I could not think straight. Janey and I had lived up to the stereotype of U-haul lesbians, we moved in together after just three weeks of dating. To be fair, rent in the Bay Area is ridiculous, so we understood just being roommates would be OK even if it did not work out.But it did work out, until she was accepted into her dream graduate school, and we had to stretch our relationship over three states, thinning...
“Really hard, Really slow” by Emma Bob
Hi, I'm May and coincidentally my best friend's name is June. We're both 12. She asked me for a PS5 for Christmas but there is a problem, there is only one left in the WORLD. SO I'm going to make it my mission to get my hands on that PS5 and make my best friend have the best Christmas of her life. Here is my plan: I will go to bed at 9:30, sneak out at 10:00, and get to the bank to make my savings account...
“My Isaak” by Ela Mikh
Obsession - is that good or bad? There is a different school of thought on that. Let’s discuss it for a moment. On one hand, people with obsession can be perceived as passionate, caring, and possibly even talented. Someone who’s refusing to give up on whatever item or topic that they are obsessing about. In my opinion, these are the people that invented light bulbs, phones, cars, X-ray machines - the list can go o...
“The Christmas Gift” by Ralph Aldrich
Charlie is a simple man. He never really had what you might call wants. He is most contented living a quiet life. Charle never sought out a wife, though he did date in his younger days. It’s just that when he thought of their happiness and compared it to his lifestyle well, he didn’t feel he should hold them back. It seemed that everything was going fine until this Christmas. For some reason, Charlie regretted not having...
“The InstantCuisine Turbo XL Air Fryer” by Precious Inofomoh
Like most twenty-four year olds with no steady source of income, Jenny couldn’t remember the last time she stepped foot inside a Walmart. Sure the garish yellow on blue caused her physical pain and the screaming kid in the frozen food aisle made her make a mental note to ask her gyno about birth control, but that wouldn’t stop her. Jenny was a woman on a mission. She’d come to buy an air fryer and she was...
“Ariels Necklace” by Lilyana Halter
“Albus?” “Yea?” he answered excitedly. “I'm heading out to Bess’ house for the day. If you can manage to get off the couch try to make this place not look filthy” she sneered. “Oh…yea yea. Of course” The door shut with much strength leaving Albus alone in their house on the edge of the village. It seemed she was still mad at him. Albus stared at the candle in front of him, its light di...
“The Célaen” by Dane MillerHass
Rinwald sat beside his father's bed, clutching his hand. The candlelight cast a grim shadow on the sickly king's face, which grew paler by the minute. A chill air swept into the room, and the noises of the outside night grew still. “The Lady Twilight calls for me,” the king said, feeling his time nigh at hand. “I have more blessings in this moment than I can count, though the hour for you must surely feel cursed...
“For You I Will...” by Joi Miner
“Yes sir, we have it. It’s a beautiful piece,” the woman on the phone said, igniting a fire in me.“Okay, can you hold it for me, please?” I asked, biting the nail of my manicured hand. There was silence on the other end of the line. Well, not silence. I could hear Bing Crosby singing about chestnuts roasting on an open fire loud and clear. But I wasn’t interested in him, his chestnuts, or his fire. I wanted to know if she was going to be able to hold the one thing that my wife wanted more than anything.“Well, Mr. Moses, that...
“The Mission for Murphey: After All This I Sure Do Hope I Marry This Woman” by Elizabeth Alonso
My clothes were stained with mustard and pickle juice. My hair was disheveled. My chest was heaving in a desperate attempt to suck in more air. My knees and an elbow were scraped. A shard of glass was embedded in my forehead! And my bike? Completely totaled. “I….” I sh-“ I wheezed. “I should have… ordered… the damn thing online!” _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- For as long a...
“Secret Santa Crush” by Caitlyn Cline
Ted knocks his hand on my desk. “Hey Sharon! See you later tonight at the Christmas party!”I look away from him, hoping he won’t see the blush rising on my cheeks. He’s standing so close. “Yeah see you tonight!” I’d completely forgotten about it with all the deadlines I’d been so focused on. “It’s a white elephant gift exchange, right?”He laughs, and I turn to see his green eyes and wide, friendly face. “No. You chose your secret Santa person, remember? I’m really excited for mine.”I nod, nerves taking over my words. ...
“You're My Favourite Nephew” by John Steckley
“You’re my favourite nephew.” “I’ll bet you say that to all of your nephews.” “You know that you are my only nephew.” “So it’s not a compliment then?” “It is. I would still say that if I had as many nephews as you have sisters and female cousins. I can see that she is happy to see me, but there is more to her face than that happiness. As I look around the living roo...
“Lower Your Expectations ” by Jeffery Young
You find yourself fettered to a table once . . . and the next time isn’t quite as special. Interrogation chambers were becoming way too common in my life, quickly losing their charm. A very gruff looking security guard stood near a metallic door on the other side of the room. A black one-way mirror covered the wall to my right and I was definitely on the wrong side of it. Yellow bulbs buzzed above m...
“Would you like some champagne and caviar?” by Madeline Honig
Animals fill the room, eyes of glass and lack of bodies beyond the fur, otherwise, the four men in their short leather chairs would not be able to sit so calmly without their rifles. The smell of smoke filled the room. Half from the cigars. Half from the fire burning in the grand fireplace, the only light source in the dim room. The room is small but the decor is rich with dark green wall paper and dark wood paneling...
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