Welcome to this late day six update. Part 7 will be posted tonight and then we’ll be back on track. If you’re new to this challenge then the idea is I’m attempting to write a short Christmas story posting daily updates up until, and including, Christmas day. If you’ve missed the previous days you can find them here. I hope you enjoy.
Sadie soon settled into school. She loved going and playing with all of her friends. It had reached the point when she was sad it was the weekend because she wished she could be with her friends. With her 5th birthday fast approaching, Thomas and Leanne had decided to host a birthday party with all of her classmates. They weren’t sure about have 20 plus four and five year olds running around the house but it’s what Sadie wanted, and they didn’t want to disappoint her. Sadie wanted a bouncy castle and despite it being November, they hired a bouncy castle for the day. Leanne prepared a mini buffet consisting of sandwiches, crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks. She knew what she was letting herself in for, a bunch of hyperactive children but she hoped that the bouncy castle would tire most of them out. As Sadie opened all of the presents from her friends they unveiled toy after toy. Leanne brought the birthday cake in, a pink iced castle fit for a Princess. Five single candles lined the drawbridge. As everyone gathered around to sing happy birthday, Sadie got ready to make her wish. With a hopeful smile on her face, she closed her eyes and blew out the candles. She looked up at her father and smiled.
With Sadie’s birthday out of the way, Christmas wasn’t far away. As always, the family started decorating the last week of November. Over the past few years Sadie had liked getting involved and especially loved decorating the tree. This task was given it’s own special day and was something the whole family got involved with. Leanne would pick out the ornaments (with Sadie also picking out a few), Thomas was in charge of putting the lights on and Sadie would put the ornaments on the tree. The putting the star on the top was done by all three. Thomas would perch Sadie on his shoulders as she’d reach up to the top of the tree, Leanne helping make sure the star was secure.
Sadie sat at the kitchen dining table trying to write out her Christmas letter to Santa. Thomas walked into the kitchen to get a drink and looked at the blank piece of paper in front of Sadie.
“You need some help?” he asked.
“I want to do it.” Sadie insisted. Thomas held both his hands up and continued making his drink. “Can Santa get me anything?”
“Whether or not you’ve been a good girl.” Thomas laughed as Sadie looked glumly down at the table. “What’s the matter?”
“My birthday wish didn’t come true.” Thomas’ face changed from a smile to a frown. “I was just wondering if Santa would be able to do what the birthday fairies couldn’t.”
“What was your birthday wish?” Thomas apprehensively asked.
“For a brother or sister.” Sadie looked up at him. He froze. He didn’t know what to do or say. “All the other kids in my class have one. I want one.”
“I’ll help look after it. I promise. I’ll be the best big sister ever.” She pleaded.
Thomas sighed and sat down opposite her. “I know you will.” He tried to find the right words to say. “It’s not as easy as asking Santa for one.”
Sadie sighed. She picked up her piece of paper and began walking upstairs with it.
It had been a few hours since Thomas and Sadie’s conversation and she hadn’t been seen or heard since. Thomas was growing restless.
“I’m going to go and check on Sadie. It’s really quiet up there.” Thomas said.
“Okay.” Leanne replied, keeping her attention on the TV.
As he approached Sadie’s bedroom he could see that her light was on but the room was still. He slowly opened her door and saw her fast asleep on her bed. Thomas went to tuck her in when he noticed the piece of paper lay under her arm. He carefully took the piece of paper, pulled the duvet over her and left her room so he could read the letter. She hadn’t quite mastered how to spell certain things but Thomas was still able to make out what she meant.
My name is Sadie. I am 5 years old. I made a wish to the birthday fairies that didn’t come true. I am hoping you can help me. The only thing I want for Christmas is a brother or sister. Daddy says you can’t do that but I think he’s not telling the truth. I have been a good girl. Please Santa.
Thomas felt his heart sink. He felt helpless. The one thing his daughter wanted for Christmas and he couldn’t give it to her, as much as he wanted to. Thomas wanted nothing more than to have more children, but following the heartbreak they had both faced just to have Sadie, neither of them were ready to go through it all again. Sadie was their little miracle baby. He returned to the lounge and sat down beside Leanne with the piece of paper in hand.
“She okay?” Leanne asked, her eye line still glued to the TV screen. Thomas didn’t reply, he was in a world of his own. Leanne turned to face him and saw the piece of paper in his hands. “What’s that?” Thomas handed her the paper. She read the first line. “Her letter to Santa.” She continued reading on. Her face frowning. “Oh.” She looked up at Thomas who was still staring into the distance. “Well, that explains why she’s been was asking me where babies come from.”
“What are we going to do?”
“What can we do?”
Christmas morning arrived, Thomas and Leanne were woken up by an excited Sadie clinging to her stocking. “He’s been!” She shouted. The two sat up in bed as Sadie snuck in between them. She reached her hand into her stocking and pulled out an envelope. She looked confused. “What’s this?” She asked looking at Thomas.
“I don’t know.” He replied still half asleep.
Sadie ripped open the envelope and took the piece of paper out. Her eyes gazed over the words. She didn’t understand most of them, but she did recognise one. “It’s a letter from Santa!” She exclaimed. “Read it to me Daddy.” She shoved the letter in her father hands. He rubbed his eyes to try and wake himself up. As he lifted the piece of paper he looked at Leanne who was giving him a reassuring smile.
“Dear Sweet Sadie. Thank you very much for your letter. I’m glad to hear that you’ve been a good girl.” He paused to look at Sadie. Her entire being was excited. Santa had written to her. “I am so sorry that you’re birthday wish didn’t come true. Your Daddy was right. That kind of present isn’t in my magical capabilities.” From the corner of his eye, Thomas saw Sadie pull her knees to her chest. “I am so sorry for letting you down Sadie but I hope the presents I did deliver will make up for it. Merry Christmas. Love Santa.” Thomas swallowed the lump that had formed in his throat. “I’m sorry Princess.” She shrugged her shoulders and kept her head down.
“Don’t be upset baby. He’s left other presents for you.” Leanne said in an attempt to cheer her up. Sadie didn’t say anything. “How about we go downstairs and have pancakes for breakfast and then we’ll see what Santa did bring you. Yeah?” Leanne lifted Sadie’s chin to look at her. She nodded slightly. Leanne got out of bed, picked Sadie up and headed downstairs leaving Thomas in bed with the letter they two of them had written the night before.
Santa may not have given Sadie exactly what she wanted, but he did give her the next best thing. A baby doll and pram. Now Sadie could pretend she had a baby brother or sister. Thomas and Leanne had decided that this Christmas would just be the three of them. Neither of them knew how Sadie would react to the letter and alternate presents and they didn’t want other people around upsetting her. Luckily Sadie was in much better spirits and loved her presents off Santa. After playing with her baby doll for a while, she set them in the pram and went upstairs to get dressed.
“Well that went well.” Leanne spoke quietly when she knew Sadie was out of earshot.
“Yeah. I’ll admit it was hard reading it out loud and seeing her reaction.”
“I know. It broke my heart too.”
With just the three of them for dinner, they sat at the kitchen dining table. Leanne served the dinner and helped Sadie cut up the bigger bits of her food into chewable pieces. The three were happy and enjoying each other company. Sadie’s smile was a far cry from the look on her face that morning. She loved her baby doll and cared for it like it was a real baby. Thomas still felt guilty for not being able to give his daughter exactly what she wanted, but he was happy with how things turned out. Leanne and Sadie were both laughing between themselves. Sadie turned to look at Thomas with a huge smile on her face, Thomas couldn’t help but smile back.
We’re halfway through the story now, I hope you’re enjoying it. I know it isn’t the most interesting of stories, and I’m not the best of writers but it’s something I’m enjoying doing. It’s a challenge for me to write consecutively like this because usually I sit on story ideas for ages and never write anything. This is somewhat an improvement. I’d love to hear your thoughts, don’t be afraid to comment below.