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  • Writer's pictureAmelia

Wrapt Attention

I am terrible at wrapping presents.

At this very moment, across the room from me, sits the gift* I just wrapped for my husband.

It is not an attractive piece.

I won't go into details, but please understand that whatever vision of hideousness your mind may have conjured, the reality is much, much worse.

So it's fortunate that I have one present this year that doesn't need to be wrapped.

It's yours.

This year's Insert Winter Holiday Of Choice present isn't the story I'd intended to write: that one has to wait until The Wolf-finder General has been published. But a story came to mind anyway, so that's what I wrote.

It's not quite as dark as last year's story, nor as light-hearted as the year before's. It's just a glimpse into Dora's past, on a difficult night, at a particularly difficult age.

That doesn't sound like much of a present, but I hope it's a good one nonetheless. You can download it here, or just go here and read it right away. Whatever you celebrate, I hope this year's is a good one, and if you don't celebrate anything, then may what remains of the year be kind.







*Dave Gorman has strong opinions on the difference between a gift and a present.

Or at least strong enough to make a medium size segment of one episode of his long-ish running television programme Modern Life Is Goodish.

He also holds, or pretends for professional reasons** to hold, similarly strong opinions on the excessive use of synonyms.

But he isn't writing this blog.

So there. **I.E. because it's funny.

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