There was a knock on the door, and Tim hurried to answer it. He swung open the door, revealing Laura and Jenny, both in festive outfits.
“Merry Christmas!” Laura cried, giving Tim a kiss on the cheek.
Tim chuckled. “Merry Christmas, Laura. You too, Jenny.”
The girls entered Tim’s apartment, which was decorated extensively in tinsel. In his lounge room was a small Christmas tree, covered in bulbuls, tinsel and other decorations.
“I wanted a bigger tree, but I couldn’t get anything bigger through the lift,” Tim said, seeing Jenny eyes the tree. Jenny nodded in response. Laura went to the tree, and deposited two gifts, wrapped in colourful wrapping.
“You know,” Tim said to Jenny, “you never died say how I could repay you for helping me with the publishing jargon.
Jenny smiled. “You don’t have to. Christmas isn’t about the gifts.”
Tim smiled. “If you’re sure.”
Laura joined the pair, and Tim placed his arm around her shoulders, then did the same for Jenny.
“I really am so lucky to have you two as friends,” he admitted.
Jenny and Laura smiled. “I think we’re all lucky to have each other as friends,” Jenny said.
“We all help each learn things,” Laura said. “I learnt that giving is better than receiving.”
“Well,” Jenny replied, I learnt that Christmas isn’t about the gifts.”
“Does that mean you don’t want your present?” Laura said, deadpan at first, but then a huge smiled cracked up her face.
“I do want my present!” Jenny said quickly.
“What did you learn, Tim?” Laura asked.
“Me? I learnt that it’s okay to ask for help. And that Christmas is for friends and family.” Tim replied.
“Let’s open the presents now!” Laura cried.
“Do you want to open them right now because you saw the big one with your name on it?” Tim asked with a laugh.
Laura went red. “No…well, maybe.”
Jenny laughed. “Okay, but we’ll open one of mine first!”
“Ooh! Open mine!” Laura replied. “You’ll love what I got you…”
This post concludes ‘The Writer’s Christmas’. The entire story will be available for reading in one entry early next year, in my Writing.Com portfolio.
This is the last post for the year, with the exception of the December Noticeboard, to be posted on December 31.
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS