Glad Tidings from Earth
by Maggie D Brace
‘Glad Tidings from Earth!’ flashed on her eye screen, followed by a flurry of personal ads and ‘one day only’ deals. She swiped them away with a quick eye movement. What was the old saying? Bah humbug! The more years she spent moving about the galaxy on her cargo freighter, the less the hustle and bustle of an Earth Christmas appealed to her. She enjoyed the solitude of her chosen field, occasionally vacationing at various planets but rarely interacting with anyone.
Today was no different from any other day of the year, with the slight exception of that blip she couldn’t identify off her starboard bow. She had been tracking the movements of it for the last hour. Too small to be any manned ship, perhaps it was just an errant satellite or a rogue drone. She pushed the matter to the back of her mind, and took another swig of the eggnog she had fermented last week. This was her one lone concession to celebrating the holidays.
Feeling slightly tipsy, she rose to clear her mind, and took a walk about the ship. She gazed out the porthole, and was taken aback to see a small face peering back in at her. The apparition reminded her of a cherub in its angelic beauty. Before she could even react, the face, accompanied by its small winged body, emerged inside her vessel, hovering inches in front of her.
Her screen didn’t even recognize the existence of the being in front of her, let alone identify it. Without altering its smiling lips, it winked once, then disappeared. She fumbled her way back to her command chair, imbued with a strange warm glow. Pulling up communications, she started, “Hello, mom. It’s been a while … I just wanted to say, Merry Christmas.”
Maggie D Brace, a long-time denizen of Maryland, teacher, gardener, basketball player, and author, attended St. Mary’s College and Loyola University, Maryland. She has written ‘Tis Himself: The Tale of Finn MacCool and Grammy’s Glasses, and has multiple short works in various anthologies. She remains a humble scrivener and avid reader.