A Christmas Dream
A Sweet Short Story for Christmas
By Denisa Carroll
Jem and Rex couldn’t have been more different. Yet they were so drawn to one another that within four months they were married, much against the advice of their friends and family.
Now they are newlyweds, they are looking forward to spending their first Christmas together in their beautiful new London flat. They may be very different people, but they couldn’t be more in love.
But now Jem has started to have some strange dreams which, in one way or another, start to draw attention to their very many differences, and tensions start to appear.
Will it turn out to be the beautiful Christmas that they were looking forward to – or will everybody be proved right, and they should never have married at all?
A quick read (approximately 7,000 words). The Christmas imagery was really well portrayed. I certainly felt like it was a cold winter’s day approaching the Christmas holiday. I was totally immersed in the holiday spirit.
A newly married couple move into a flat together. As they renovate, Jem starts having unexplained dreams with hard to decipher meaning. This eventually creates tension in the couple, where none had ever been before. Both husband and wife are thrown off guard.
Once evening, after a row about the placement of the Christmas tree, Jem watches TV and quickly comes to realize the following and that they had to work past this difficult situation:
“They were supposed to be together because they loved each other more than words could articulate, that was why.”
The ending caught me off guard, but in a good way (I will not supply any spoilers). As this is a short enough read, you can quickly get to the end of the story for yourself.
The ease of reading Denisa Carroll’s words will certainly have me on the lookout for more of her writing.