The Holiday Spirit
Escape from the Holidays
Release Date: December 5, 2018
Word Count: 5,500
Editor: Jude Dunn
Cover Artist: Catherine Dair
It’s hard being the PA for the Holiday Spirit.
Julian is more dedicated than most, and knows the job inside and out. But that doesn’t mean he’ll still have a job when the new Holiday Spirit is elected. It also doesn't mean he’s immune to the *cough* charms of the office, but that's a whole other problem.
Part of the 2018 "Escape from the Holidays" Series
Stay Awhile by Kassandra Lea
Burning Down the House by Gregory Norris
The Holiday Spirit by Carole Cummings
Slow Thaw by J. Scott Coatsworth
Celebrations in the Season of Long Nights by Mere Rain
The Holiday Home Hotel by Lou Sylvre
Something to Celebrate by Evelyn Benvie
Holiday Hijinks by Toni Griffin
Yule Planet by Angel Martinez
Waiting on the Rain by Freddy Mackay
White puffs of smoke chugged heart-shaped from the candy-striped chimney of the Council building. The sky filled with them quickly, thick as meringue.
“Oh my God.” Rowan’s voice was breathy, awed. “They’ve chosen.”
Her black-painted lips twitched at the corners, a slick almost-smile. Julian only stared out his office window as the first of the celebratory snowflakes began to fall. Cheers rose from the spectators who’d held vigil down in the main courtyard; a fanfare broke loose from somewhere, and drums rose to match it.
A new Holiday Spirit had been selected.