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CHRISTMAS I.C.E. MAGIC is a New Release this week and I'm teasing from it's pages. Best part, it's a Holiday Romance and paranormal as well. So magic and light, love and joy. But it doesn't start off that way, not for Lily.
“I’m so sorry, Linus. I should have been there.” Logic said she couldn’t have done anything for him, but her heart screamed with guilt. Survivor’s guilt, she’d heard. A pretty name for the deep and abiding ache riding her soul.
Lily unpacked her shovel and ice axe, stomping out a front walk to give her some purchase before she started digging. She attacked the snow with all the pent up anger, grief, and pain she’d carried for two long years.
Snow flew in all directions as she worked, her mind whirling with all the memories of Linus and her friends, anything to give a little relief from the building sorrow. The gifts she’d set up for her friends at the Paradise Lodge crossed her mind and the gift notes she’d left flashed before her mind’s eye.
Dear Elaine, Felicity, and Portia,
Happy Holidays! I’m so excited for this Christmas and all the adventures we’ll have at the Paradise Lodge. In celebration of spending this holiday up in the mountains, my favorite place, I’ve gotten you all gifts I hoped you like.
Elaine, my gift to you is one night, Christmas Eve, to roam the Paradise Lodge, even the closed portions, for paranormal investigations. You’ll have access to all the rooms known to be haunted. Good luck and good hunting!
Felicity, I know you claim to hate the snow, but don’t knock it until you try it. In that vein, my gift to you is a day of ski lessons through the lodge. The lessons start at 11 am - don’t be late. As I understand it, the staff is very capable and very attentive. I haven’t met him, but I hear the lead instructor is pretty hot. You can thank me later. *wink*
Portia, for you I’ve arranged a day in the Lodge’s kitchen, planning the menu for Christmas Day. The catering manager is available during the day, but he supervises the kitchen at night. The hotel has assured me he’s very professional and looking forward to meeting you. I’m sure you can swap recipes.
I hope you all have a delightful time and enjoy your gifts. For me, I’m going extreme ice camping out on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. This will give me a chance to find some peace after the busy Christmas retail season.
Much love and Merry Christmas,
She refused to mention she’d quit her job or sold pretty much all her stuff except the really valuable items. She didn’t want to bring them down on Christmas. But her Christmas gift to herself consisted of this time on the slopes, to find peace and magic, and hopefully see her brother one last time, before letting everything go.
Suicide is never a good option, Lily. You won’t see your brother again and you’ll only hurt those who love you. She didn’t plan on suicide. She only wanted to go camping in the snow, pitting her strength against the elements. Sure, there was always risk involved, but she knew how to take care of herself and how far she could push. And yeah, she might not make it, but she didn’t seek death. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Lily hollowed out a tunnel, letting her mind drift away from hurtful thoughts as work took over. Her shoulders ached as she expanded the snow to provide space for her tent and gear. The snow would act as insulation against the wind and blizzard howling beyond the breach. And she’d be safe, relatively warm, and dry in her little cocoon for Christmas. Linus and I can celebrate one last time. It would be perfect.
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