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A Christmas Like No Other
Published Dec 25, 2012


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Senti88

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Just a little short story I made for Christmas in between my other stories.

I hope you guys enjoy it! Comment and rate!

Just a little short story I made for Christmas in between my other stories.

I hope you guys enjoy it! Comment and rate!
Leah was like the other kids around Christmas. She wanted all the toys she could think of. Barbie dolls, Polly-Pockets, Webkinz, and everything else five year old girls like.

And, like all the other mothers, Anita wanted to give her child the best Christmas she could. But without a father helping with the expenses and with her jumping from job to job, it was a stuggle every year.

Especially last year, when Leah developed a form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. The doctors were doing everything they could, but the treatments were failing.

And Leah was fading. Anita didn't know how many Christmases they would have left together. Neither did the doctors.
Thankfully, Leah was completely oblivious to the fact that they were going bankrupt and that she might be dying. So she got to enjoy her naive young life, talking about how Santa was going to get her so many toys.

For ignorance was better for her than the truth.
"Mommy I'm so excited for Christmas! I hope Santa brings me everything on my list!" Leah squealed as Anita drove her to her friend Stacey's house.

"I hope so too." She sighed. What was she going to do? This year had been the worst yet and she couldn't afford any presents for Leah at all.

Anita wanted to treasure every moment they had together; she never knew when it could be their last. And she wanted Leah to be happy.

She figured she should tell Leah something. Maybe "Santa was really busy this year" or "Maybe Santa dropped your presents off at the wrong house". But it would be awful to lie to sweet innocent girl like Leah.

It was already Christmas Eve.
After dropping Leah off, she went to the park and sat at the fountain. It was cold and the ground was covered in snow, but it was nice to just relax for a second.

She closed her eyes and prayed silently that Leah would have a good Christmas, no matter what happened. All she could do was hope for a miracle.

"Rough day?" A voice came from somewhere.
"You have no idea." Anita said dejectedly. It was only 3pm, but a rough day was a perfect way to describe it.

"Bad day for me too." A man came and sat next to her. His hair was brown and his eyes were a dark green. He was handsome. "Why was your day rotten?"

He was a complete stranger, and yet she didn't even think twice before telling him her struggles with raising Leah and the cancer and how this Christmas would disappoint her so much.
When she was finished they both stayed quiet for a while. It wasn't awkward at all; just a little break from talking about reality.

"I'm sorry. I shouldn't have asked you." he said suddenly. "That seems really personal."

"It's fine. It actually felt nice to tell someone about it. All my family is gone. I was an only child and my parents died when I was twenty in a car accident." She paused. Her face reddened. "Wow. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to dump all that on you."

"No! Don't worry about it. None of my family talks to me anymore. So I understand."

"Why?" Anita asked.
The sun came out suddenly and the snow stopped falling.

"Just the usual family stuff. They wanted me to be a doctor, but I wanted to own my own restuarant. Now look at me; I'm thirty-six and I have nothing to show for except a run-down pizza place and an empty apartment room." He sighed. "Sorry that was so depressing."

"Looks like we're both having a bad Christmas." She felt more sorry for this man and she didn't even know his name. He was all alone; at least she had Leah. Even if it was for just a little while...
"Do you want to go get coffee?" he asked suddenly.

Anita really wanted to. And she was about to say yes, but she remembered that she had responsibilties. It was a nice gesture, but she had no time for relaxing. "I can't. I have things to do."

"I can help you. We can hang out. Just as friends, if you want."

"I-I don't think I should." Anita stood. "I have to go."

"Let me walk you." he rose and walked with her. She was thankful for the company.
He was so sweet and kind. She knew he was two years older than her now, but she still did not know his name.

As soon as it had stopped, the snow started again and sent a chill through Anita.

"Well thank you for walking me. And I hope we see each other again someday." She smiled, sat down in the car and jammed her key into the ignition.

It didn't start.
"Oh, no, no, no." she whispered as she turned the key over and over. The car would not start. Tears began to stream down her face. Now on top of all the bad stuff she had to deal with, she now had no car.

Perfect.

She got out and looked around for someone to help her, not really thinking about the man she had just spoken with.

A grey truck drove up. "Do you need help?" someone asked from within the car.

"Do you have any jumper cables?" Anita asked desperately.

"No, but I can drive you home. If you are comfortable with that..." It was the man she had just been talking to! Thank goodness, she thought to herself.

She knew it was bad to get in the car with someone you didn't really know, but she was desperate.
"Thanks." she said as she hopped into the passenger seat. For some reason, she trusted him.

"I never did catch your name..." she said once they drove off.

"I'm Jason. Jason Williams. Your's?"

"Anita White."

"Well, that probably should have happened earlier." Jason said jokingly. Anita laughed.

"I agree."
As he drove, they talked. Anita was so relaxed and happy chatting with him as he made her giggle like she used to when she was young.

As they neared her house, she became sad again. Reality was settling in, and she couldn't escape it.

"Thanks for the ride Jason." She turned to leave, but stopped. On impulse she faced him again. "Would you like to come in?"

Jason smiled. "Sure." He stopped the ignition and got out. Together, they walked towards the shabby house.
"Where's your Christmas tree?" Jason asked.

Anita pointed to a little tree sitting the in the corner of the house. "It's not much, but it's all I could find. I really wanted her to have a Christmas tree." Anita smiled as best she could and walked into the kithen.

She began to brew some coffee and sat down on the couch next to Jason.

"I know we don't have a lot," she began, "but it's what we have."
Jason stared at Anita. She was beautiful. He knew she was broken, he could see the pain and rejection in her eyes. So much had happened to her, and yet she was still together. She was so strong. "I really admire you."

Anita was surprised. "Why?"

"Because despite everything thats happened to you, you still manage to put a smile on your face. Fake or not; it's there."

Anita stared at him like he was crazy, but then she grinned. "Thank you."
They talked, the coffee dinged ready, and they kept talking. They were in sync almost, like they were meant to meet.

Maybe they were.

Anita checked the clock after a little while. "Oh shoot! It's five. I'm supposed to pick up Leah."

"I'll drive you. No problem." Jason said. They both got up and hurried out the door.
The minute Leah got into the car and began talking, Jason fell in love with her. She was the cutest little girl he had ever seen, and she had the sweetest personality. She looked like, in so many ways, Anita.

She had no hair, which reminded him she had cancer. But Leah certainly didn't act sick. In fact, little Leah was full of life, talking about Santa and toys and her friend Stacey.

Then he looked at Anita. She was so proud of Leah and you could tell she loved her so much. Jason was embarassed. He thought HE had problems. He had spent so many nights feeling sorry for himself.

This was a real wake-up call.
After she was dropped off by Jason, Anita took Leah into the house. Leah ran around the house a little, shrieking in excitement that Christmas was tomorrow.

That only made Anita feel worse.

"Leah, can you come here?" Anita asked. She had to get this over with.

"Yes, mommy?" Leah looked at her with expectant eyes. She picked up her daughter. Anita's heart filled with love. She couldn't burst Leah's bubble.

"Don't hurt yourself while your acting crazy, silly girl." Anita said as she tickled Leah. The little girl giggled and Anita smiled. "I love you so much, Leah."

"I love you too mommy! I'll go play in my room now." Anita put her down and she skipped away.
Leah had already eaten at her friend's house, so Anita made some soup for herself. She was saving the good stuff for tomorrow.

After she ate she went to watch T.V. on the little television they had in the living room.

The dread of tomorrow was literally torturing her. After watching T.V. for a few hours, she was tired.

She went to go get Leah ready for bed.
It was eight-thirty by the time Leah was in bed and asleep.

Anita staggered off to her bed and drifted off to sleep slowly.
Anita woke and instantly felt dread. Leah would be up soon. She hated herself for not being able to provide for her child.

Right on cue, Leah ran into Anita's room. "Mommy! It's Christmas!" the little girl squealed as she jumped on Anita's bed. Anita stood and pulled on her robe.

"Come on! Let's go!" She grabbed her mommy's hand and dragged her into the living room.

"Where are all the presents?" Leah asked.

Tears welled up in Anita's eyes. "Honey, I was going to tell you--" she was interrupted by knock at the door.

Anita walked over to open in and a thinner version of Santa burst through the opened door.

"Ho, ho, ho! I must have missed this house!"

"Santa!!!" Leah squealed. She ran and hugged him tight. Anita was thoroughly confused.
"Ho, ho, ho! Hello little girl! Are you excited for your presents?" Santa asked.

"Yes!!" Leah squealed.

"Okay then! Ho, ho, ho! I also brought a special present for your lovely mother! But first..." Santa went outside and returned hauling a big fluffy Christmas tree, all decorated and everything.

And then he placed a dozen presents under the tree; some wrapped, some not. He handed an envelope to Anita.

"Well, I have to go! Merry Christmas! And be good for next year! Ho, ho, ho!" And with that 'Santa' left. Leah swarmed the presents.
Anita was in shock. Who was that man? Should she be worried? But the tree was beautiful. And as Leah opened the presents, they were exactly what she had wanted.

Anita opened the envelope and gasped. Tears ran down her face. Ten thousand dollar check from someone with the last name Williams. It was a miracle.

That name sounded very familiar.

Another knock came at the door. She went to open it and saw Jason standing outside, in his arms was a huge turkey, a ham, a box of mashed potatoes, a bag with cans of green beans and other veggies and lots of other Christmas food.

"Can I join you and Leah on Christmas today?"

Anita smiled through her happy tears. "Of course."
They cooked the food and ate it. It was delicious of course. Leah played with her new toys while Anita and Jason sat on the couch admiring the huge Christmas tree.

"Why did you do it?" Anita asked.

"Do what?"

"All this." She gestured around.

"What? Leah told me Santa did this. I just brought the food."

"Yeah Santa did! I knew he would come!" Leah shouted gleefully as she ran the little yellow racecar on the ground.

Anita smiled; of course she knew the real truth.
But right then, it didn't matter. Everything was perfect. Jason was the miracle Leah and her so badly needed.

Sure today didn't change the harsh reality they all lived in and sure this was only one day, but it was just right. Nothing could have made Anita more happy.

Jason got down and played with Leah. When Anita glanced at Leah, her heart swelled with love. When Jason looked back at her and smiled, she blushed.

"Thank you." she whispered. Jason just winked and turned back around to play with Leah. Anita smiled.

This was indeed, a Christmas like no other.
Thank you soooo much for reading! I hope you enjoyed it and please rate and comment to tell me what you thought!

If you liked this story, make sure to check out my others!

Thank you to CC creators and yay for seasons!

Merry Christmas!:)

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#5puffpinataDec 26, 2012

That was a great story and super sweet! I love it!\:wub\:\:rah\:

#6BriannaSun24VIPDec 26, 2012

A very sweet story, and perfect message for Christmas about the act giving. Thank you for sharing!

#7AlessaFayeDec 27, 2012

This was such a cute story!! I loved it!! \:wub\:

#8MYHANDISADOLPHIN!VIPDec 28, 2012

aww this was a cute story \:\)

#9diudiaoDec 28, 2012

http://ur1.ca/c4ee0\:rah\:

#10grtasmsDec 28, 2012

beautiful story! \:\)

#11martoeleJan 9, 2013

A very nice Christmas story. Thank you so much! \:\)

#12nay14Jan 13, 2013

What a lovely story, thank you \:wub\:

#13LadyTess39Jan 31, 2013

\:\)What a beautiful story! So touching! You should have made a sequel or second chapter to this one, where Jason and Anita get together, he asks her to marry him after they go on dates,in the story line, talk about what they did on the dates, he moves in, helps her with Leah, taking Leah to appointment, Leah gets worse, then a miracle happens with Leah and she gets better, all the while, Jason sticking by Anita's side through the whole ordeal. Anita gets a good paying job and helps Jason with his business, helps him run it. The story could go on for an entire book. It would be perfect! Such a lovely story you put together! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas (even though it is late) and a wonderful New Year!
Not sure how to rate, but I give this short story a 10! Wonderful!

#14fishologicalmoose134Apr 15, 2013

Sooooo sweet!!!

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