Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 Virtual Advent: Day 15

Day 15, and the start of the third week of the tour. Here are our stops for today:

*Michelle Miller @ The Christmas Spirit
*Nancy @ Bookfoolery & Babble

Last week I introduced you to a few of the characters from Empire Day by Diane Chamberlain.

For the next two days we are going to revisit some of those same characters and see what has happened to them starting with struggling single mum Kath.

Today's excerpt comes from page 291:

After giving Meggsie a bed bath and massaging his back and legs, Kath went into the kitchen to make the Christmas pudding. Whenever she thought about Christmas she let out a long sigh. She'd managed to scrape together a few shillings to buy the boys some comic books, socks and a cricket ball, but she'd only be able to put rabbit on the table this year - a turkey was out of the question. Lost in her thoughts, she was stirring her worries into the dough along with the sultanas, and throwing in a few silver threepences, when the doorbell rang.

She wiped her floury hands on her apron and hurried to the door, but before she got there she could hear hoarse voices singing 'Jingle Bells'. Collecting money for some charity she supposed. She opened the door and was about to say she was sorry she couldn't spare anything, when she stepped back in surprise. On her doorstep stood Mick Kelly and Bob Longley from the pub, and they were struggling with a large cardboard box.

"This fell off a truck the other day and we thought maybe you could use it," Mick said. Thrusting the box into her hands, he mumbled, "Merry Christmas, love," and before she could thank them they'd gone.

Inside the box was the biggest turkey she'd ever seen, a leg of ham, a bag of potatoes and a box of biscuits.

Kath rushed to Meggsie's room. "It's a miracle, that's what it is," she kept saying as she sat down on the edge of his bed. "We'll have a proper Christmas now. All we need is another miracle to make you well."


Michelle Stockard Miller said...

I just wanted to stop by and give you the direct link to my post, just in case:

Thanks for hosting again this year!

Kailana said...

I can't get the blog to do anything at the moment, so I do apologize that the direct links haven't been added in... Hopefully whatever is wrong will fix itself soon!