I must promote an Anthology published by Janette Davies, a member of WordPlay Writer’s Forum, Spain. The Anthology is entitled ‘Of Course I Believe in Father Christmas’. All the stories contained in the book are included in the title. The book will help to raise awareness and funds to support Maria Wilson’s Pink Lady, a charity here in Costa Blanca, Spain. It will be published on Amazon and CreateSpace in November, in time for Christmas 2015. Please buy it. There are fabulous stories in there. I’m not saying this because I am a member of WordPlay – it really is very good and the money will go to a good cause. Here is the link to Jan’s blog. https://quirkygirlinspain.wordpress.com
I have published two stories in this Anthology. One is based on a true story. My headteacher, Mr Morgan, had told the kiddies there was no such thing as Father Christmas. My parents thought of a clever plot to make me believe in Father Christmas for a year or two longer.
The second story is called ‘A Christmas Truce.’ I was always fascinated by the fact that men in the First World War could stop their killing for one day and then resume this dreadful war.
I researched the First World War and came up with the story. Here is an extract. Did Karl kill his friend or not when they meet again in battle after the Christmas truce?
They chatted happily for another half-an-hour, discussing their families, hobbies. They tactfully avoided mentioning the war and their thoughts on this painful subject. Artillery fire was heard from the south. Wordlessly, the two young man, both the same height, both with blue eyes and blond hair, both about the same age, clasped hands, and then murmured ‘A Happy Christmas’ in their own language.
“Karl, if we meet in battle after this, I don’t think I can kill you now we are friends.”
Karl hesitated, shifted his gaze, and after a long moment, looked intensely into Colin’s eyes. “I could. It is my duty.” He gave a short, formal bow, spun on his heels, and strode back to the German trench.