Maria Bernard Musings

A Christmas Story

🎄 Not Your Average Christmas Story 🎄


Sage is a mystery even unto himself. The world doesn’t understand him, and that’s just fine with him. Carlie dreams of Christmas trees, and she misses holiday traditions. On her own for the first time, she dreads the long and lonely nights of winter. When their contrasting worlds collide, they find in each other what they lack on their own… acceptance, passion, and love.


Who is he and where does he come from? What’s his story, and what’s with all the black? He hides in corners and makes no eye contact. He slinks in the shadows, with no place to go. He doesn’t think I see him, but I always do. I don’t feel quite so alone when he follows me home.


The world is dreary and my cold heart is weary. Reasons for living are far and few. Much of my world has died and gone. Only blackness and rage live on. My sole purpose is my music. My guitar, my only friend. This world doesn’t understand me. I don’t belong. Until the girl with the red mittens came along.


“Wow, I’m really sorry to hear that,” she said, standing back from the department store window. “I suppose that’s why you don’t like Christmas?”

“I hate everything about it,” he said, making his way over to the fifth and final window. “It’s all just a gimmick, hyped up by department stores like this one. It’s hands down, one of the greatest marketing scams ever.”

“I don’t know about that,” she said with a despondent sigh.

“Think about it,” he said, shaking his head at the gaudy display. “The whole event is designed to make you want things, to make you feel guilty unless you buy all these useless material goods that you really don’t need. It feeds off of people’s insecurities.”

“I still love it,” she said, walking past him toward the burlap wrapped Christmas trees.

“Do you?” he asked, watching her remove her mitten and run her fingers along the pine needles. “How do you feel about not being able to afford one of these trees? Do you feel good about that?”

“No, but I feel hopeful that one day I may be able to afford one,” she said with conviction.

“You just don’t get it, do you?” he asked, looking into her big brown eyes. “It’s all just a big lie.”

“Why are you trying to destroy something that means so much to me?” she asked with an involuntary quiver to her lips. “Why would you want to take Christmas away from me?”

5.0 out of 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
By Caryn Denny on August 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

WOW!! I devoured this story in one sitting! Carlie, a young woman living on her own, has a neighbor from hell. Sage, a handsome and eccentric young man, lives with the neighbor from hell but Carlie has never met him. Both are bullied incessantly by the guy but in Sage’s case the bullying becomes physical. Every day Sage sits in the coffee shop where Carlie works; it is his safe haven from his violent roommate. Carlie is intrigued by his eccentric goth appearance and wonders about him. One night she hears strange noises outside her door……shuffling and then scratching on her door. Frightened she doesn’t open her door but then she hears a male voice whisper “Miss…..can I please have a refill?” Carlie gasps in shock and thus begins one of the sweetest romances I have ever read! Please PURCHASE and read this story. The whole series is awesome….thanks Maria Bernard!


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