Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Christmas
Approximate word count: 2-3,000 words
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From Ally Bishop’s website: “I’m a writer, editor, story ninja, and a whiz at overcommitting…I have an M.A. in creative writing, as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing with a focus in publishing. I produce two podcasts, host one, and am a freelance editor and publicist over at Upgrade Your Story. In my free time (what is that, exactly?), I read, workout, game, and converse. I’m a high introvert despite my extroverted behaviors, so you’ll find me behind my computer most days. I’m married to the wild and brilliant Billy Crash, have two dogs who are filing to change their species designation to ‘human,’ and can often be found wandering Manhattan in search of the perfect writing spot.”
“It's a slow day for a psychic on Christmas Eve, until an unexpected customer arrives. Will she hide behind the fiction she peddles for cash, or will the holiday spirit move her to give the gift of hope?”
This is an extremely short story that could possibly be read while waiting in line at checkout after filling your cart with Christmas gifts. Madame Augur is actually a telepath posing as a fortune-teller. When Sheila Maguire stumbles into her shop she can feel the woman’s despair that her recently enlisted son would die overseas after learning he ships out to the Middle East the day after Christmas.
It is an emotional meeting between these two characters as we learn more about both of them. The story is engrossing and unique. I enjoyed it. The only problem I had was a minor nitpick with the formatting. It would have been nice if the story started and ended on its own page.
Only the issue I mentioned above.
Rating: **** Four Stars