What Natalie Wants for Christmas
Set up: So in All I Want for Christmas is You, eight year old Natalie makes an emergency phone call to the only father she has ever known after her mom leaves him because she’s having problems adjusting to being home from Iraq. But getting her parents in the same state is only half of the plan. Never underestimate the power of an 8 year old in getting what she wants for Christmas.
She knew something was wrong. She knew the minute Mommy had told her they were leaving and going to Maine for Christmas. She knew the minute Mommy said Daddy wasn’t coming with them.
So far, her plan was working. She’d watched enough Disney channel to know that you needed a plan. Part one had been getting Daddy to come to Maine. That much she’d accomplished.
Now she was in the backseat on the way to the Bangor Mall while Mommy and Daddy pretended she couldn’t hear them. She tried to focus on her letter to Santa. It was important. The most important thing she would ever write.
Thank you for bringing Mommy and Daddy home from the war. That’s all I ever really wanted last year.
Mommy had always told her to say thank you.
But this year, I’d like something different. It’s a small thing but it’s the only thing I want. I know you’ve probably heard this before but my life will probably be ruined if this doesn’t work.
Hopefully, a little dramatic flare would work here.
I want you to make Mommy and Daddy love each other again. I want them to love each other enough to stay a family.
She sniffed quietly, hoping her parents wouldn’t hear.
I want them to love me enough not to leave me again.
I’ll leave you lots of milk and cookies. Even though Mommy doesn’t eat gluten any more, I’ll leave you the good ones with big chocolate chips.
She folded it carefully and slipped it into her jacket. Now she just needed to give it to Santa.
All I Want for Christmas is You (Coming Home #5.5)
by Jessica Scott
An all new novella about a woman who came back from war changed and the man who loves her enough not to let her go.
All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left – and she doesn’t know if she can love him anymore.
But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what’s coming for them. It’s going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.