For today’s Six Sentence Sunday, I’m showcasing a bit of my upcoming holiday release with Mocha Memoirs Press, Holly and Ivy. The story is about Holly, a woman in her thirties at a crossroads, who discovers her childhood dryad friend Ivy is living in her parents’ Christmas tree farm. This week’s six is Ivy’s take on Christmas…or rather, Christmas trees.
“Once a year when winter comes, as a sacrifice they slash away at the family I have left. My sisters never were keen on coming out to play when mortals were around, and now I cannot blame them. They’re not like you; these people are cold-blooded. They tromp out here with their young and bundle themselves to hide their faces and hopefully in shame. Sometimes they even laugh and sing while they take more of my family from me. They sing about it, Holly; they sing!”
After losing her job and her boyfriend, Holly returns to her parents’ farm. Embarrassed and hopeless, she doesn’t expect to bump into a forgotten childhood friend that wasn’t supposed to exist. Ivy is not only a dryad, but she lives in the pine trees Holly’s family grows to sell at Christmas. As the old friends reconnect, Ivy not only shares her strong opinions, but gives Holly a charm that will change both their lives. As days melt into weeks and the seasons change, Holly’s life magically turns around. Christmas not only brings surprises, but a choice for the human woman. What’s more important: stability, success, and love, or keeping a promise to an old friend?