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Three Things Challenge #701

Three Things Challenge #701

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Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:



Something’s Missing

Written by Tessa Dean August 2021

Alan tiptoed down the stairs Christmas morning before dawn. He had dropped one of his daughter, Dawn’s, gifts on the trip downstairs to lay them under the tree. She was named Dawn since she had been born at Dawn on Christmas Day and so today was also her birthday. She had asked for a jump rope for Christmas when hers broke last week. They had made a mad dash to find her the sparkliest rope they could find and then he drops it on the way down the stairs. Such a dolt. She was only five years old and Santa meant a lot to her.

Glancing over at the front door he realized it was open and he could hear Scamp barking. What’s he doing outside and how did he get there. He couldn’t open the door himself. Alan shoved the wrapped jump rope behind the gifts and dashed to the door and outside while the frost was still covering the grass and there was his daughter Dawn skipping up and down the walk. Trying not to scare her he turned on the light and went outside.

“Dawn what are you doing out here. And where’s your coat?”

“Waiting for Santa, Daddy, he forgot my new jump rope.” How did she know that unless she had been snooping through the gifts?

“Dawn come inside immediately. Santa probably forgot it and is on his way back here, but he won’t stop if you are outside. Now come on back inside and into bed. It is way too early for you to be up yet.”

Pouting Dawn followed him back inside, up the stairs, and got back into bed where he tucked her in again. “Wait a little longer and I’m sure Santa will find the rope and return to drop it off. Now go back to sleep and stay in bed until Mommy and I get up.”

Dawn settled down and closed her eyes. He left the room and watched outside for while to see if she came back out. Finally he went to bed again.

“It’s here, it’s here,” Dawn was shouting. So much for staying in bed until we got up, he thought, but she must have found the rope.

“Dawn,” he tried to remain stern while his excited daughter was holding the rope in her hands, “I thought I told you to wait until we got up.”

“I know, but I just had to see if Santa remembered and brought me a new jump rope. Alan ruffled her hair and hugged her tight.


Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

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