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One of my fellow Authonomites put together a book of short stories at Christmas.  Here’s my contribution.

Christmas Story–by Audrey Bennett

I found him slouched on the sidewalk next to an abandoned building.  Craig Hannigan, quarterback of my high school’s undefeated football team.  Would he remember me?

I stopped and caught his gaze.  “Can I buy you lunch?”

When he held out his hand, I shook my head.  “I meant I’d take you to lunch.”

He squinted up at me, shading his eyes against the bright winter sun, wrinkling his nose as if he’d just noticed the odor emanating from his clothes.  “You’d eat with me?”

I raised my eyebrows and grinned.  “Yes.”

He rose and said, “Where?” as his arms gestured at his torn and dirty clothes.

I pointed at the closest restaurant, Cyrus O’Leary’s.  Famous for its pies and for its employees, who wore what’s called “flair.”  Lots and lots of flair.

He cocked his head.  “You know me?”

I poked at a crack in the sidewalk with my warm boot and squinted back.  “High school.”

“They won’t let me in there.”

“Sure they will.  You’re with me.  Come on.”  (more…)

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