Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Post 1557. Sunday December 24




It had been busy a busy night at The Cross Inn despite the winter snow. John turned out the lights and headed upstairs. Through the window shone a star, the brightest he’d ever seen. For a moment he relished the silence, you could have heard a pin drop, but a split second later there was loud banging on the door. He reluctantly went back downstairs.

Standing ankle deep in the snow stood a young man bearing a terrified expression. “My wife’s having a baby,” he said “The ambulance couldn’t reach us so I was trying to get her to the hospital myself, but we got stuck in a drift. Do you have a room we can use? Please?”

John had no spare rooms, but he saw the desperation on the man’s face, “Bring her in" he said. ”You can stay in the storeroom”

A baby boy was born. Somehow, news of the birth rolled out across the village. Several locals approached the pub hoping to see the new child. They brought gifts; a gold bracelet, scented candles, and sweet smelling flowers.

That was longs ago. The village still looks the same as does The Cross Inn. But something feels different. A place where something wonderful must have happened.






This week's given words at The Sunday Whirl are - star, pin, lights, wonder(ful), roll, lane, approach, gutter, line, spare, split, and release, of which I've used most!


Thank you, Sunday Photo Fiction for the picture.

19 comments:

  1. Going all biblical on us this week, Keith.
    Liked the irony of the inn's name.

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  2. Nice modernization on an age old tradition.

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  3. Ah, such a pretty story. I like the way you've integrated the Biblical story in the modern context.

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  4. A lovely tale. Happy Holidays, Keith.

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    1. Thanks Susan. Greetings to yuou and yours.

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  5. Too many coincidences for it not to mean something...

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  6. Same here. Loved the modern spin you gave to an oft told Biblical fable. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Keith.

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  7. Names may change, so may times, but powerful stories are truly ageless. Happy holidays Keith.

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  8. How lovely, Keith. You were clever to use the First Christmas as a theme and outline. I love the inn's name. Good writing. :) --- Suzanne

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