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Another Year Older

by Kelly Matsuura


I lift the lid on the old shoe box, my heart fluttering as it usually does. I don’t think much about Sir Thomas once Christmas is over and the decorations are all packed away but on the first of December each year, I’m always anxious to see him again.

As I lift him out, I gasp in delight. His beard is peppery, bushier, and his eyebrows are now a soft grey. Is he getting a pot belly, too?

No longer the young man given to me at sixteen, he’s a matured fifty-year-old. As am I.

Our little Christmas secret.




Author Bio

Kelly Matsuura writes diverse YA, fantasy, and literary fiction. She is the creator of Insignia Stories (Asian fantasy-themed blog & anthologies), and has had stories published with Ink & Locket Press, A Murder of Storytellers, Black Hare Press, Harbinger Press, and many more.

Kelly lives in Nagoya, Japan with her geeky husband. She loves traveling, knitting, cooking, and of course, reading.


Shawn M. Klimek · December 26, 2020 at 9:47 pm

You keep him in box? Cute story.

    Dawn` · December 26, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Oh the magic of Christmas!!! I love that Sir Thomas keeps up with his gift recipient. What happens if he is no longer aging…. that would be a horror story there! Congratulations!

      Kelly Matsuura · December 30, 2020 at 5:14 am

      Thanks, Dawn. Were you expecting a horror story? I do like writing sweet stories too, lol!

    Kelly Matsuura · December 30, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Thanks, Shawn! Yes, he’s a Nutcracker doll, so kept in a box until Xmastime 🙂

Peggy Gerber · December 26, 2020 at 10:37 pm

What a sweet, Christmas story. Loved it.

Charlotte Langtree · December 27, 2020 at 4:24 am

Now that would be an interesting gift!

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