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Here's another great Christmas story by our guest Jackie Nacht!
Who thought paper cuts and sabotaging Christmas lights could bring two men together?
Kipp is having one hell of a time after graduating from college. Subbing jobs are pretty inconsistent and desperate times call for desperate measures. He finds himself working as a gift wrapper at the department store in the mall during the Christmas season. Kipp can freely admit that he sucks at it but needs the cash to stay in his tiny apartment. Then he sees Jesse working at the mall, the guy he grew up with but never had the courage to talk to. Can these two finally connect after all these years? Is this nightmarish job going to give him the best present of all…an opportunity to get to know the crush he’s had most of his life? *Authors Note* This book may be read as a stand-alone, story but for better reading enjoyment, you may want to read secondary characters, Xathan and Chaddrick’s story in Full Disclosure on Black Friday.
Excerpt“Oh my gosh, you did it again. You’re going to look like a Christmas wrapped mummy if you keep up at this rate.” Chaddrick had already unwrapped the tacky looking green adhesive bandage and began wrapping it around the injured finger.
Looking down at his hand, Kipp would agree with Chaddrick. His fingertips were covered with red and green bandages. It looked like a team of elves had tackled his ass with Christmas spirit and he’d tried to use his hands to defend himself. Why on earth could they not have clear or skin-toned bandages in the first-aid kit here? No, they had to have obnoxious Christmas-colored ones so that everyone would know just how clumsy you were. And they glowed in the dark, too. Last night when he went to bed, he’d scared the ever living hell out of himself when he went to rub his eyes and his ghostly bandaged hands came at him. Thank God he lived alone so no one would ever know of the high pitched scream he’d let out.
“Thanks, Chaddrick. For some odd reason my eyes and hands just don’t like to communicate with each other. I think if the manager didn’t like me so much and wasn’t completely desperate for people, my ass would be thrown to the curb.” Kipp made sure that the edges of the bandage lay perfectly flat. Nothing was worse than when a bandage had a loose edge and got dirt on the sticky side. Not only was it gross, but it was distractingly annoying to work with all day.
“You’re great for this job. You’re the best cheerleader to get all your grumpy co-workers through the day.” Chaddrick stood next to him as he grabbed the box Kipp had hurt his finger on. He began rewrapping it to perfection, as always. The customer seemed to settle down a little when he saw a master was at work on his gift.
“Cheerleader?” Kipp raised a dark brown eyebrow.
Chaddrick shrugged as he worked the bow into place. “Well, if I said you were a fantastic wrapper you’d know I would have been lying my ass off.”
Chaddrick handed the present to the customer. The guy scowled one more time at Kipp before turning and leaving.
Paybacks are hell and yours is coming in t-minus Christmas morning.
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