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Christmas Heat by Devon Vaughn Archer

By Devon Vaughn Archer

A season of miracles…and moment chances

Audrey Lamour used to be a winning artist and dedicated mom, ceaselessly indebted to the heroic fireman who pulled her from a blaze twenty-five years in the past on Christmas Day. She venerated him by way of portray his portrait—never dreaming her photo might turn into a lifeline to love….

Conrad Pearson used to be pushed to satisfy the lady whose emotional portray of his father seared his soul, whether it intended returning domestic to the Pacific Northwest, and painful stories. yet Audrey's attractiveness, grace and unforgettable kiss ignited the type of sensual hearth that made a guy happy to be alive. Now he used to be able to confront the entire ghosts of Christmas previous to maintain this angel in his fingers eternally.

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Miserable fish fears having too many things to hide from. Miserable fish eats many of the vegetables in the pile on his bed. Miserable fish sleeps in what's left of whole vegetables. Miserable fish covers himself with cabbage & feels awkward about its proximity to cucumber. Miserable fish dreams about a cucumber causing a rampage in which many people die. Miserable fish wakes up & knows it's all possible. Miserable fish closes himself in his laptop. Miserable fish knows his laptop is broken but considers the ways in which it can still work.

Dad & Mom became concerned because I had lost interest in school & I wasn't eating right. So we had a meeting with the Principal & a Counselor. The Principal's many-doored office was located in a catacomb of administrative offices near the back of the school (it was a huge magnet school where smart kids shipped in from all over the state). "Let's talk about how you've been feeling," the Counselor said while Dad & Mom & the Principal stared hard at my face. "You're unhappy but you can't 33 say about what.

Let us be normal, let us laugh with other people, let us gossip, let us boast, let us crave after fun, let us crave stupidity. Withdraw the light that shines through colored glass, withdraw devotion & seriousness. Let us die & not transcend. Let us eat till we vomit. Let us sleep with the pigs. Go off & say to the sky, FORGET THIS RAT, LET'S BIND SOMEBODY ELSE. When he dug, he didn't want to dig, when he sat in the dirt he didn't want to sit. He wanted to reach out a paw & find the word & speak it in a loud voice that everyone would understand.

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