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My teeth chatter and bones rattle beneath my big wool coat. I didn't layer nearly enough to wait outside this Target for what feels like an hour. Really it has probably only been about thirty minutes. Time truly freezes when you're frozen. I am packed in against the entrance like a last minute toiletry stuffed inside a suitcase, bursting at the seams. At this point, I don't even remember what I came here for; do I even have a plan? The bundled-up ladies next to me equipped with Venti Starbucks lattes seem to have a whole itinerary...
All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given us.-JRR Tolkien I drummed my fingers on the steering wheel and groaned softly in frustration. Christmas songs crooned on my car radio. Through my windshield, the sun set in brilliant oranges and pinks. I had wasted a day of driving from town to town looking for the perfect Christmas present, and now as the sun descended, I had reluctantly turned my car towards home, exhausted fr...
It's the thought that counts, but you've known me for two years. You should know exactly what to get me.His words bounce around in my head as I enter the mall. No pressure or anything, I just have to get him the perfect gift. Truthfully, I have no idea what to get him. He doesn't have a lot of room for stuff, and he doesn't really talk about the things he likes. I kinda just have to guess. Walking into GameStop, I browse around hoping to get ideas. I could get him a new video game, but he's really picky about them. ...
Bella cracked the egg and tossed the shell in the trash can with the rest of them, her fingers covered in the sticky goo. “Yech,” she said, wiping her fingers on the washcloth. The doorbell rang. Bella poked her head out to see if it was unlocked. “Come in!” she yelled.Tim walked in, also letting in a blast of chilly Chicago morningair. “Hey, Bella,” he said in his soft Australian accent that made Bella feel like
“Well holler if you need anything,” she said walking to a closet towards the back of the store. Charles looked at the ring again. “Why does it have the words, Olivia & Charles?” he thought to himself this time. He went up to the counter where the lady was standing. “How...
I am strolling through the aisle between long shelves of detergent at the local supermarket, I am heading to the gift shop ,I am done shopping for groceries. It is Ben's birthday in two days ,practically a day and half. I need to get get him a present fast. A wonderful gift ,a gift that is significant, a gift that will serve as a memory. That's why I haven't bought a long large bar of chocolate and junks . Ben is a dab hand at junk consuming. I remember meeting him for the first time in an ice cream shop with lot of it on t...
Clarice Carol held out a box wrapped in shiny black and gold striped paper to Angela Heaven, her girlfriend. Angela smiled uneasily and took the box. They were seated on a large bed with pink and black sheets in their Earth home, the only place they really felt safe together.“I thought we weren’t doing gifts, babe?” Angela asked, raising her eyebrow. She and Cl...
The holidays are coming up and buying gifts can be one of the most stressful things that anyone could do. Making sure it’s a gift something that he would like, but also making sure it’s not too extravagant, but also wanting the gift to be extravagant because it is what he deserves, is what Gabriella has been struggling to do.
“Maybe I should get him an Apple Watch,” she thought as she pulled up to the parking lot of the mall...
The Mart, New York City, New YorkShe walked the aisles, ocularly scouring each one, staring at every item, all the while knowing that it was none of these things she would leave with. She had decided before she had come what she was getting for her husband, but she played out the game anyway, knowing that the manager watched her intently through the surrounding video cameras. He was waiting to see what his next best-selling item would be.She pictured the manager in her mind, sweat beading on his forehead, n...
“What should I get him? He said he doesn’t want anything, but I know he is going to get me something.” Holly looks at her dog and laughs. She is trying to decide what to get Ashton, her boyfriend. This will be their second Christmas together. They had just moved in together three months ago. “You probably don’t know either. I guess I’m going to have to go out and look for something.” She grabs her keys and walks out of the house. She decides to just walk. She gets to the mall after ten minutes. &n...
Wednesday 14, SeptemberI have been waiting for school to be over ever since I walked through the school doors this morning, I actually wanted to stay at home and play sick but mom was going to find out since we ran out of oat meal for the pretend barf that I was going to put in the toilet to make my illness look so real, but lucky for me, school was a breeze, time flew so fast, but something that I actually enjoyed was during biology class we lea...
This shop is the last stop. I cannot possibly continue you aimlessly wandering stores in search of the gift that shouts to him that he is the greatest thing to ever happen to me. A gift that sums up my feelings with one glimpse. I'm possibly overthinking this, but there has to be something out there. There has to be a meaningful gift that he'll actually want. Not some gaudy piece of jewelry he'll be embarrassed to wear or something that will sit on a shelf collecting dust. This shop has to have something.It's a small sho...
Lucas didn’t care for going into the human domains. He had no strife with the humans but the villages and towns themselves. Having so many of them in one place. The bustling around nearly hurt his ears. Evesdale was a four-day run from his pack lands but he did not mind the journey as long as he got his spoils. When he was just outside the city, he headed to some bushes. He shift...
It was the Christmas season and Joe had to find just the right gift for his wife, Trista. “It shouldn’t be too hard, Trista is into everything, so she’ll like anything I get her!” he thought as he jumped into the car to go to the store. Joe strolled down the street to a store full of jewelry. The second he walked in,...
Rylee had been dating her boyfriend Evan, for four years. They loved celebrating holidays together and enjoyed each other’s company. It was that time of year again, where lights were glowing, carols were being sung, and mistletoe hung from the ceiling. After four years Rylee thought to herself, “Although Evan has grown as a person so much, I feel like I have given him everything he wants!” Evan mentioned that he wanted a new CD, he considered it “very important,” and that it contained beautiful melodies that he could learn to play on the...
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