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Family Traditions

Jeremy absolutely refused to throw up this year. Each time the third of December rolled around, an invitation would drop on his parents’ doorstep and everyone was buddle into the car. The uncles all pulled together and paid for a private ferry, cramming every last distant relative into the dam boat before setting off on the ‘scenic’ way to Great Aunt Edie’s house somewhere off the coast of Scotland.

The sea sickness struck ten minutes in, turning Jeremy a not-so-festive shade of green.

“Feeling alright love?” asked his grandmother, stitching hankies with robins. “Feeling queasy?”

Jeremy nodded.

“Oh well.” she said. “We all have our Christmas traditions.”



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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. jacksonzombie says

    Poor Jeremy! Can’t you just imagine him telling his kids about this particular holiday memory when he’s a dad?

    • It might be ones of those things he leaves out while talking about his childhood, or perhaps one another family member tells the children about.

  2. Anonymous says

    Dear Carol,

    I’m sure Jeremy could live without that Christmas tradition. Nice one.



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