It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please by Geoff Le Pard | The Sundays of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar

It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please by Geoff Le Pard

Carlton’s face wore its weariness like a badge of honour. He leant back against the front door and sighed with relief. ‘Alone at bloody last.’ He exchanged a look with the cat who seemed to shrug. ‘Easy for you, Martindale. You don’t have caring neighbours.’

He led the way into the kitchen, where Martindale snaked between his legs while Carlton retrieved the whiskey glass from where he had hidden it in the fridge. He toasted his pet. ‘Save me from worthy people.’ The cold liquid made him cough but he smiled through the tears. ‘Come on, let’s see what’s on the box. Crap I expect.’

The sun picked out the overnight puddles on the front paving outside the small snug living room as Carlton settled into his chair with a fuff of expelled air. Martindale eyed him dispassionately, waiting for the rug to be pulled in place before slinkily easing onto his lap. Continue reading “It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please by Geoff Le Pard | The Sundays of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar 2016”

Advent Calendar Day 21: The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard

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The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard

 ‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, 14 looked up from her book.

Gilly, her mother said, ‘A parcel from Uncle Augustus. What’s he say? Dear Both. I’m so sorry to miss you this Christmas but I found this antique Advent Calendar in a strange little shop in Greater Petching and thought of you. The man said it’s already full of surprises.’

In moments they were staring at a dark wooden box, two foot square and six inches deep. On one side there were 24 little knobs in 3 rows of 8 but none moved. Gilly left Emily trying to work out how it opened. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 21: The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard”