The first Christmas cards have arrived, I’m sitting here dressed in red and green and I’ve even managed to do a bit of present shopping, so here’s a snippet from my newly-released super-quick holiday read Just Like Santa.
Here, nursery worker Jason is doing his bit dressed as Santa for the kiddies’ Christmas party, while Alec is the single dad he’s fancied for ages (and it’s set in Britain, so “pants” don’t mean trousers!)
When Poppy’s turn for a present came, Alec led her up by the hand. She was bolder than all the rest and didn’t cry or hang back. I was so proud of her, standing there in her pink tutu skirt over her jeans—but instead of taking her gaily wrapped pack of felt tip pens, she turned to her dad and announced loudly, “Santa’s got funny pants on!”
I almost broke the no-swearing rule when I looked down and saw that my costume had split right along the inseam and up to the crotch, giving all the kids and their parents an elves’-eye view of just what Santa kept under his baggy red trousers.
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Jason loves working at the Bright Eyes nursery, but he’s not so keen on what happens at the kids’ Christmas party. As if having to don an ancient, tacky Santa costume isn’t bad enough, he’s mortified when he suffers a costume malfunction. Especially as it happens right in front of the hot—and impeccably dressed—single dad, Alec, he’s fancied for ages.
But when Alec’s daughter Poppy invites Jason round for tea, he finds Alec was only too pleased to get a glimpse of Jason’s naff underwear. In fact, he’d like to see a whole lot more of it. A Christmas miracle? Maybe—but there’s one more embarrassment in store for Jason next morning.
This super-quick read first appeared in the I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus anthology