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im sat by the window staring up at the sky as snow drifted, settling on the world outside. Tears filled her blue eyes as she thought of Christmas' past, of the family she once had but was now gone. The images of her baby son, Owen, dead in his car seat, his body strapped in but mangled all the same, danced in her memory, reminding her of the accident that claimed his life. She had been severely hurt in the accident as well. But, the drunk driving the other car walked away with just a few scratches. Her husband left her, blaming her for the accident and being out so late on Christmas Eve, of all nights. As the tears streamed down her face she saw the streak of light crease the cloud filled sky. She wiped her eyes and watched the shooting star. Kim had never seen one pierce through clouds so dense before. Her mind was quick to think. Make a wish. "I wish I had my Owen back," she said aloud and laughed at herself. The thought of holding her son after him being dead for the last couple of years was absurd, but still, it was a mother's wish, her wish. The night wore on and she fell asleep on the couch in the middle of Miracle on 34th Street. The doorbell snapped her awake and she glanced around the room searching for the sound. The toll came again and she stood, straightened her blouse and walked to the door on unsteady legs. She peeked out the window and saw no one in the darkness. For several minutes Kim waited for it to ring again, but when it didn't she opened the door and poked her head outside. "Oh my—" she said. Her skin tingled and her eyes grew wide. An old whicker basket sat on the porch, a green blanket covering what was in it. Attached to it was a note on brown parchment paper. Kim picked the basket up, looked around her yard and up the street and then stepped back inside. She set the basket on the coffee table and opened the letter. I wish I may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight. A mother's joy, a mother's plea To have back her child Is granted to thee.

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Estronomicon Christmas 2008  

The eZine of fantasy, sci-fi and horror

Estronomicon Christmas 2008  

The eZine of fantasy, sci-fi and horror

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