Day 22: Romantic Suspense at Christmas

What a great time to talk of real romantic suspense. I have a story for you.

As a teenager and encountering my first Christmas to think about a gift for my boyfriend, the thought came late. Really late.

My family always made a four and a half hour trip to the relatives for a three day mix. We left for the gatherings, and I hadn’t even considered what to get my sweet and considerate boyfriend.

The thought came on the way home, the day after Christmas. I would be seeing him that night.

The problem started with the typical snow storm we drove home in. I had furtively considered to kindly request a stop at a skiing equipment store along the way. My Dad’s frustration and temper had grown short along with the constant braking and slow travel. My nerves multiplied along with the inches of snow and slick roads. How could I ask to stop in this weather? I had nothing for my boyfriend and the hours ticked away as I mentally tabulated what I could do to pass for a thoughtful gift.

Arriving at home, I surveyed the stack of boxes, strewn wrapping paper, and gifts stuffed under the sparkling Christmas tree. I shared my dilemma with Mom. She can think of anything in a pinch.

After a moment of thought, she pulled a dress-shirt from under the tree. It had been given to my brother and he didn’t like it, so it wouldn’t be missed. Granted my boyfriend was six inches taller than my brother, the sleeves would be short, yet the buttons down the front would fasten. Mom assured me it was the thought. Also, I was new to dressing a young man, so how would I know what size he wore?

My boyfriend wore the shirt on a regular basis, with the sleeves rolled up.

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As a former private investigator with a BS in political science and attendance at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Dawn Kunda has reopened her legal books to create suspense in her writing. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Association.

Dawn would like to hear your romantic suspense stories. So tell us your best story and on December 31, Dawn will pick two winners. First place will win their choice of a print or ebook copy of Court of Lies, and second place will win an ebook copy. In addition to your story, don’t forget to leave your email in your comment.