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Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Wednesday December 25th 2002
"Tiffany I really hate to leave you like this on Christmas Day," Starlene said staring at her reflection in the mirror as she applied another coat of lip-gloss.
"It's okay honey. I'll listen to the new CDs you gave me," Tiffany said pretending that being home alone on Christmas wouldn't bother her.
"Want me to call and tell Stanley you're coming over with me?" Starlene asked knowing Tiffany wouldn't want to join them on Christmas Day.
"No. I really need the time to relax. But thanks anyway," Tiffany said watching her sister pull her long blonde hair from under the collar of her pink fur jacket.
"Okay, but if you change you mind, call Stanley's house and he'll send his car over," Starlene said walking towards the front door and opening it to leave.
"Did you talk to Skeeter?" Starlene asked referring to Tiffany's estranged husband that had stopped by Tiffany's office the other day. Starlene turned and hit the elevator button.
"No. I tried to call him yesterday but he wasn't home. I guess he was with Jan," Tiffany said referring to her co-worker that was now engaged to her estranged husband Skeeter.
"You sure you don't want to go with me?" Starlene asked as the elevator door opened.
"No thanks. Have fun and tell Stanley Merry Christmas for me," Tiffany said watching as Starlene got on the elevator and the door closed.
Tiffany closed the front door of the apartment overlooking Washington Square Park and walked into the kitchen. She filled the kettle with water and opened an envelope of instant hot chocolate. She took a bite of a chocolate chip cookie from the platter that she and Starlene had left on the counter. She smiled as she thought about how much they had laughed and reminisced about leaving the plate of cookies for Santa as they had as children. She heard the whistle of the kettle and turned off the burner. She poured the water into the mug and stirred the powdery chocolate drink. She picked up the platter of cookies in one hand and the mug in the other and walked into the living room. She placed her goodies on the coffee table and picked up the remote to the sound system. She hit the play button and the Christmas CD Starlene had given her started to play, "I'll be home for Christmas". She took a seat on the sofa and gazed out of the window at Washington Square Park, wiping a tear from her cheek. She stared at the couples walking through the park with their fashionably dressed dogs and realized she had never been this lonely in her life. The unexpected sound of the doorbell startled her. She got up from the sofa and walked to the front door. Thinking Starlene had forgotten something she opened the door with a jerk.
"Merry Christmas," Amir said smiling broadly.
"Amir! I didn't know you were coming," she said feeling her face redden as she glanced down to her oversized fuzzy bedroom slippers and well worn robe.
"I surprise you, no?" he said in his broken English.
"Yes... yes you did. Come in," she said brushing her fingers through her hair then closing the door behind him.
"I just can't believe you're here," she said as she watched him take off his expensive overcoat and hang it on the rack in the entrance hallway.
"I talk to Starlene. She tell me that you will be here, so I surprise you," he said walking towards her and kissing her on the cheek.
"I wish she'd told me! I would have made myself look better. Come in to the living room," she said motioning for him to follow her.
"Would you like some hot chocolate?" she asked as he took a seat in front of the platter of cookies.
"No thank you. I see you eat cookie," he said glancing towards a half-eaten cookie on the plate.
"Yes, Starlene and I left them out for Santa Claus. We did that when we were kids. I told her we were too old for that now but she insisted that Santa Claus might come here," Tiffany said.
"Why children believe this Santa?"
"It's just the spirit of Christmas, giving and receiving love," she said smiling as she took a seat beside him on the sofa. She grinned realizing he didn't understand American Christmas traditions.
"I love this how you say... custom," he said taking a bite of her cookie. "I believe in this Santa Claus," he said smiling and taking her hand in his, bringing it to his lips.
"I never did before. But now I do," she said her body burning with desire at the sight of his handsome face. "I wish this would never end," she said as he put his arm around her and gently pulled her into his arms.
"This your Christmas wish, no?"
"Yes," she said as her body tingled at the touch of his hand on her warm skin under the robe.
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