Lancer Christmas Vignettes
He watched as they finished decorating the tree
near the fireplace. With
Teresa's instructions, Murdoch placed Scott's new shiny balls up high.
With drinks finished, they softly said goodnight and went to bed.
He stayed and watched. The top gold ball flickered
with red highlights from the coals of the dying fire.
Allowing the child within out to play, he crawled beneath the tree.
Wrapped in a blanket, he searched for that ball. As the coals died and the ball went dull, he curled up and
Next morning, Murdoch found his gift under the tree - Johnny.
She'd lost so much, father and security or so she
thought. Life changed when
the Lancer brothers came home. It
was tense, but Murdoch stroked her hair and gave back her love and
confidence. Struggling to
determine her place with the boys, Teresa settled on being a sister.
They became brothers.
It was dark when she came down the stairs to start the biscuits and coffee. She recognized the soft breathing coming from under the tree and grinned. Murdoch had a living gift. Hurrying, she made a double batch, for the men would be hungry bears when they woke.
Up early this morning, he thought back of the cold
days and white snow of youth. He would spend the time with Grandfather's
relatives or with the servants when Grandfather was busy.
The decorated tree was always well balanced with meticulous care,
with many presents under it, and the fireplaces roared with heat, yet he
stayed cold. He would creep
back to his room and dream of another world of people who cared and loved.
Hearing the humph in his brother's voice, Scott chuckled and grinned as his family came into the kitchen. Johnny was his gift too.
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