Ein Tag der Freude, der Ausgelassenheit und des Neuanfangs. Ich marschierte in dem schmalen Hotelzimmer auf und ab. Etwas stimmte nicht. Etwas stimmte absolut nicht. In letzter Zeit hatte er oft abwesend gewirkt … abgelenkt. Wir waren inzwischen seit mehr als zwei Jahren zusammen und ich liebte Matt aus ganzem Herzen.
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He hit a final button on the keyboard, and a film screen dropped down from the ceiling at the opposite end of the room. We sat at a round table in an enormous library containing every sort of book, magazine, and encyclopedia one could possibly imagine.
Volume after volume filled the floor-to-ceiling shelves, while maps dangled from the walls and globes gleamed in the corners of the room.
Thick rugs covered most of the floor, giving only a glimpse here and there of the beautiful hardwood that lay underneath. A second later, images began to flicker on the film screen. I leaned back in my chair and watched the montage, which had been set to a medley of cheery holiday tunes. The first image revealed a humongous pile of toys. Dolls, stuffed animals, trains, building blocks, basketballs, jump ropes, art supplies—every conceivable kind of toy flashed by on the screen.
The next few showed volunteers putting the toys into boxes, wrapping them, and handing them out to kids. After that, there were shots of the kids tearing into the colorful paper, pulling out the toys, and playing with them. And finally, a little girl hugged a doll to her chest, a huge grin on her tiny face, before the screen went black and the music faded away. The light from the monitors made his dark hair and mocha skin take on a faint silver tint, while his glasses gleamed on his face.
Maybe I was being dense, but usually, things were a little more life and death in the superhero business. I even had a costume and everything.
A Karma Girl Christmas
It was supposed to be the happiest day of my life. A time of joy and celebration and new beginnings. I stalked up and down the narrow hotel room. My hellish high-heeled shoes poked holes in the thick carpet and rubbed hot blisters on my aching feet. My white tulle dress rustled with every step I took. Something was wrong. Very wrong.
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