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A Christmas Secret

An original story first appearing on Medium about 4 years ago.

The puppy yelped as Jane tossed her notebook on the car seat. She recoiled in horror at her carelessness, she had forgot the puppy was there…she was just so tiny! She scooped her up and apologized to her, cooing in her ear and kissing the top of her tiny head. Jane then popped her in her pet purse and drove out of the parking lot and headed to the next place on her list. As she strolled down the aisles, looking like Paris fucking Hilton for all the world, GiGi’s head poking out of the purse and attracting the attention of any passers by as they made their way through the store.

Jane’s mind was all over the place, she thought she had been so careful. How could this have happened? How did he find out what she was getting him for Christmas? Had he been snooping, or did he overhear her conversation with her son as they secretly conspired on the patio? No matter, she had a new idea. She would wrap the gift and hide it away for his upcoming birthday in February, then get him a completely different gift for Christmas! Her husband was always her biggest challenge trying to surprise with a gift, but this year, she gotten one over on him. She made her selection and paid for it, the she and GiGi left the store and made their way to the car, Jane with a look a smug satisfaction on her face and her puppy enjoying the ride along, snug in her little carrier. Jane could not wait to see the look of surprise come Christmas morning as her husband opened his gift and discovered it was something he never expected! Pleasing him is what gave her the most joy, after all.


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