The Christmas Truce
by William Shifflett
"What happened seven years ago?"
That was the question wasn't it? The secret he'd kept from Dina, Lana, everyone. That hurt which boiled beneath all the other pain he'd encountered, which had caused him to avoid Christmas at home for seven years. It seemed he was destined to face it this year.
"What happened seven years ago Tommy?" Bobby asked. "What aren't you telling me?"
Tommy turned to his friend with resignation. He bent near his ear and spoke softly. As he did, the color drained from Bobby's face. The curiosity gleaming in his eyes faded until only despair remained.
Tommy Howell loves Christmas invitations. But this year the celebration is threatened by a dreaded invitation to a place filled with memories of deception and pain. Recollections provoked by the invitation inflame the anger he's successfully avoided for years. It's the last place on earth he intends to go for Christmas, and he resolves to decline the invitation.
But something gets in his way his children. A White Christmas, which his children have never seen, is predicted. When he inadvertently lets the invitation and the forecast become known, he finds himself trapped by his children's excitement. He must confront his painful memories, a dark secret known only to himself, and the man behind it all.
Can he find the strength to forgive? Will he carry angry resentment the rest of his life or will this season of peace bring a Christmas Truce?
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