Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Holiday Short Story Contest Older Kids Winners; First Place THE CHRISTMAS Angel

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Holiday Short Story Contest Older Kids Winners; First Place THE CHRISTMAS Angel

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Byline: Mary Dickey

"Why does it never snow in Florida, Grandpa?" a small blue-eyed child asked as she sat on the rug by the huge oak rocking chair. Despite the thermometer reading 90 degrees, she was intently drinking her hot cocoa and wore a bulky sweater adorned with kittens wearing Santa Claus hats.

"Well, I suppose it's because we're in the South," the old man with a long white beard said, chuckling. Like the little girl, he, too, was dressed in his winter apparel while he took a long sip of his hot cocoa.

"Sarah, it's time to go!" a voice from the kitchen called.

"Coming, Mom," Sarah said, rolling her eyes. "Bye, Papa! And maybe next time you can tell me how come it really never snows in Florida."

"I told you it's because we're in the South," he replied as the front door slammed shut, "or at least that's what they say." The smile faded from the old man's face as he glanced at the torn book that sat on the old bookshelf. "It didn't always used to be this way ... It used to snow a long, long time ago. Though, sadly it wasn't in my lifetime." He sighed as he recalled a passage from that old, torn book.

*****

The cool air brushed against the young boy's neck as he rushed down the narrow street.

"Brantley, you better stop running before I tell your mother!" an elderly woman dressed like a classic candy cane yelled from the top balcony of a pink apartment building.

"Sorry, no can do, Mrs. T!" Brantley yelled as he continued to run.

"Can you just give this town a break for once? It's Christmas Eve, after all!" she yelled at the boy, but her words were just a mere echo in the wind.

"Hey, Brantley, do you want to play some kickball?" a short, plump kid shouted from the street corner next to Tom's Shoe Store.

"Can't. I'm busy." Dodging the lady with the baby, he made great strides through the town despite the evil glares from the last-minute shoppers.

"Hey, watch it, kid! Wait, is that you, Brantley? I swear you better not cause any trouble today," a man said as the tune of "Jingle Bells" rang out behind him. After what seemed like an eternity, Brantley finally reached the town square.

"There it is! …

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