Time for the Holidays
In my latest release, Chasing Destiny, Reagan is a seventeen-year-old girl with the weight of saving the world on her shoulders. She’s embraced her destiny, but she misses the normal moments—things like dating, family time, and the holidays.
She decides battle planning and training can wait while she enjoys Christmas.
An excerpt from Chasing Destiny…
He pulled her close, and she melted into him. “This is my family now, too. I can’t promise there’ll be no more deaths, but I can promise I’ll do everything in my power to keep you safe.”
“I know.” Reagan wanted to hide away the rest of the night. “Is there somewhere we can go away from everyone?”
“I’ve got just the place. Since it’s outside, I’m going to let Jed know. No reason to freak anyone out again, just in case someone needs us. Why don’t you grab some food and meet me at the front entrance?”
Reagan nodded, and they parted ways. She grabbed a duffle bag out of her room so she could transport their food easier. Then, she hit up the kitchen for some waters, sandwiches, and chips. She even scrounged up a few cookies. There, she found Mom and Jessica already hard at work on the Yule log and other goodies. Reagan offered to help the next day with the meal preparation before leaving to meet Rowan.
When she arrived at the entrance, he was already there. He took her hand and led her outside. “It’s not far.”
She pulled the duffle bag strap over her head so running would be easier. A few minutes later, he slowed down. She saw a small, iced-over pond nestled in a group of snow-covered pine trees. Icicles hung from the limbs, causing them to droop. It reminded her of a children’s book her mom used to read around Christmas: A Wish to be a Christmas Tree.
Thinking ahead, Reagan had packed a blanket; she pulled it out and spread it on the ground. A picnic in the woods in the middle of winter; not something she ever expected to do on a date. Yet, she couldn’t think of a better place to be. Nature made her feel closer to Nana.
Reagan sat on the blanket, and Rowan joined her. “When’s the last time you celebrated Christmas?”
“It’s been a while,” Rowan said between bites of his sandwich.
Maybe the holiday would be good for everyone. It sounded like so many hadn’t ever experienced much holiday spirit. Too bad it would be overshadowed by a funeral. “You know what I wish?”
“I wish, for one night, we could be a family. You know, all of us sitting around a fire, eating Christmas dinner together, and exchanging presents. Crazy, huh?” A part of her felt guilty for sharing her wish with everything they had hanging over them. It felt selfish.
“I think your mom is trying to give that to everyone.”
“She is. She’s pretty awesome that way. What would you wish for?”
“My wish has already come true,” Rowan said.
She leaned in and kissed him. “That was totally cheesy, but so sweet.” She couldn’t help but tease him, even though her heart soared with the sweetness of the statement.
“I’d like to wake up to you on Christmas morning. Maybe we can make that happen.”
As the sun set, they lay back on the blanket and stared at the stars. She wished they could stay there forever. Instead, she promised herself she’d enjoy the next few days of family and sharing. Battle planning could wait.
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About the Author
Tia Silverthorne Bach has been married to her college sweetheart for twenty years, has three beautiful girls, and adores living in sunny California. Her daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She believes in fairy tales and happy endings and is an avid reader and rabid grammar hound.