It sat there, calling to her to unwrap it, then rewrap and feign delight on Christmas morning.
She’d sworn she wouldn’t.
She’d also sworn she’d cook the family meal - but that was before Mum took pity on her office party hangover.
The gift beckoned: ‘Just a little peek.’
She sipped her wine as she flipped through the channels, smiling as she pictured her parents’ Christmas Eve frenzy of activity.
The TV couldn’t distract her from the perfectly wrapped present. She picked at the cellotape to reveal a box. Inside - nothing. What?
Oh, a letter.
This year, we're giving you a special gift - your independence.
(Lily checked the envelope for a cheque.)
We know you’ll open it before you should. So, you’ll know you have to feed yourself on Christmas Day (there’s a turkey dinner in your freezer).
Lots of love – from Bali!
Mummy and Daddy.
This story was written for the 6th SSFFS (Short Story & Flash Fiction Society) Project contest.
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