By M. C. Beaton
Unique ebook: 1999
Christmas is an historic Roman pageant, to not be celebrated by way of respectable folks within the Scottish Highlands. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth has consistently enjoyed the festivities, yet this 12 months his family members is traveling in sunny Florida. he's caught with the lengthy, lonely Christmas shift in freezing Lochdubh. A cranky previous girl kicks off the vacations via reporting her cat lacking. Then the Christmas lighting fixtures and tree in a close-by village disappear quickly after the neighborhood council voted to permit undefined. As Hamish unearths the way to deliver Christmas to the Highlands and make a bit girl's desires come precise, he unearths -- to his pride -- that he has the easiest Christmas ever.
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He took out his knife & began pulling & trimming, now & then silently looking to me. 46 SUPERIOR thunder roar & lake wrack pine trunks bleached white piled high on agate beaches nearby, ships & men went down wild wind broken limbs seagulls wheeling silent turns fern in pine & lichen mat here the poet drifted, sat. 47 TIGER STADIUM big old ramp going up, vast crowd laughing as we ascend to the box seats, kids in tiger hats with big pennants, moms & dads & grandpa with his cane! hot frying sausage steam & barkers with beer & hot dogs & caps & shirts!
29 AT THE CROYDEN smell of fish frying thru an open door & up the stairs a fat woman in a floral dress bright orange & red screams in the stairway at anyone who'll listen, young dude leaning against a doorway nearby picking his teeth, spitting big gobs on the floor. another door opens: an old man, bent but with a bright eye. seeing me, a stranger, with my mop bucket & Stones T-shirt, he wonders, do I own the building? no? do I like music? he used to play-jazz, supper clubs, & he was happily married, too, bless her, she passed on.
Butt drops out! groundsmen rake the sand smooth their leader swiveling his hips to make the crowd cheerbeautiful young girls too much make-up-shouts & yells! lights come on! -Ladies & Gentlemen, Welcome to Tiger Stadium! 48 TWO GIRLS one had the other by the hair: her fist, mashing the cheeks, the nose, the eyebrows-& the screaming -AAAAEHEHEHGHGHGH! the second one was reaching UJrthe bystanders laughed, "looka that! " finally, exhausted, they leaned against a car, hanging their heads, bleeding, still calling each other names.