Christmas Eve at Old Ft. Bowie, Flash Fiction

Merry Christmas tag

Dear blog friends, Here’s my Christmas Gift to you. Flash Fiction is a very short story. I hope you enjoy~~


Christmas Eve at Old Ft. Bowie  by Lyn Cote

Gazing out at the scrub-covered mountains, Emmeline dabbed her eyes.  In spite of her efforts, her husband had sensed her unhappiness at breakfast.
“What’s wrong, dearest?” he’d asked.
She’d forced a smile. “Homesickness. I doubt we’ll have a Christmas tree.”
Yes, Fort Bowie, Arizona, was nothing like pine-forested Wisconsin. But six months ago, she’d chosen to trust God to lead her to a good man. He had through a letter sent to the Milwaukee newspaper, asking if any brave woman would take a chance on marrying a lonely soldier in the West. After many letters and an arduous railroad journey, she’d married Captain Gardner Winslow, becoming an army wife with all its worries.
Their fort guarded a natural spring, life itself here in the desert. With Geronimo on the loose, her husband was again out keeping the stage route safe. And that’s why I’m foolish to be sniffling over a Christmas tree. Gardner is protecting lives.
Emmeline hurried to her kitchen. She’d have a tasty meal waiting for whenever her captain returned tonight!
Much later dozing in the chair, she awoke in near darkness.
Gardner stood before her with—
“I know it’s the sorriest excuse for a Christmas tree ever.”
The tree was a scraggly scrub all right. Rising, she hugged him with the fragrant pine between them, pressing against his firm chest. “I’m sorry I even brought it up.”
“Emmeline, you gave up a fine life for me.”
“I gave up a fine life for a finer man.”

copyright Lyn Cote 2014

If you’ve enjoyed this, please wish me a Merry Christmas in the comments section. If you’d like to read three more Christmas short stories, click here and subscribe on the Facebook page or click here on the blog to the Sweet Romance Reads enewsletter. And I WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!–Lyn


About Lyn Cote

Lyn Cote welcomes other authors to her "Strong Women, Brave Stories" blog to share stories of women who triumph over the challenges common to all women.
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32 Responses to Christmas Eve at Old Ft. Bowie, Flash Fiction

  1. amyc says:

    Lyn, I hope you a had a wonderful Christmas and I want to wish you a Happy New Year.
    Great Story!

  2. Lois Dyer says:

    It was a great short story! Just wish it were longer. Merry Christmas and a very Happy & Prosperous New Year to you and yours!!!!!

  3. Loretta Wilson says:

    Enjoyed the story. Wished it could have been longer. Love to read about brave and strog heroines. Merry Christmas.

  4. Lyn Cote says:

    How lovely–all these Christmas wishes! Thank you! And the same to your and yours!

  5. Sharon says:

    Thank you, and Merry Christmas! I also enjoyed the last line.

  6. Lisa Foster says:

    Have a blessed XMAS–it does show love conquers all 🙂

  7. Lis K says:

    Very sweet story…Have a Merry Christmas!

  8. Charlyn says:

    Have a blessed Christmas, Ms. Lyn!

  9. Betti says:

    Thanks for the story. Merry Christmas to you and yours. May you experience God’s richest blessings as you celebrate His birth!

  10. Ola Norman says:

    Loved the flash fiction. Have a Merry Christmas!

  11. Becky Lewis says:

    Thanks for the story about perspective!! ABSOLUTELY loved your novel HONOR!!

  12. Connie Brown says:

    Loved the story. Would like to read more about this couple. Merry Christmas!

  13. Margie says:

    Loved it!!! Merry Christmas Blessings to you!!!

  14. For Sophia’s Heart will always be my awesome favorite!!! I just finished reading it again this evening. I love this story!! Thank you for writing it.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lyn. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  15. Joye says:

    Christmas from a fellow reader

  16. Susan OMalley says:

    Loved it! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  17. Robin Bunting says:

    Thank you and Merry Christmas

  18. Kim Paulus says:

    This story was charming. A reflection of what one is gratedful for can change ones heart! Thank you!!!

  19. Elizabeth Dent says:

    Merry Christmas Lyn , I really enjoyed Christmas Eve at Ft. Bowie . It means everything to just be with the one you love . Thank you for thinking of us . Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year . Your blog .

  20. Karen says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for the short story, I enjoyed it.

  21. Britney Adams says:

    Oh, I did enjoy Christmas Eve at Old Ft. Bowie! Thank you so much, Lyn! I especially love the last line, “I gave up a fine life for a finer man.” Love that! Merry Christmas!

  22. Nancy says:

    Thank you Lyn, for the nice short story. Enjoyed it. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  23. tammy cordery says:

    Merry Christmas to you. Love the story.

  24. June says:

    And I thought Novellas were too short!! LOL Awesome story, Lyn. Very heartwarming for the Christmas Season. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

  25. Marianne says:

    Thank you, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, to you

  26. Jennifer Tipton says:

    Merry Christmas Lynn and many blessings to you and your family! Love your short story!

  27. Lisa Cowell says:

    Thank you! Merry Christmas!

  28. peggy clayton says:

    I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

  29. Patricia Sanchez says:

    The story was great! God is so good. He always leads us to where we need to be and takes care of us as well!! He answers all our prayers, and even though His answer is sometimes, no; He has a better plan when it is. God bless you and thank you for all your books!! Merry Christmas!!

  30. Sonja says:

    Love to read your blog articles and am wishing you an amazing Christmas!

  31. Danie says:

    Merry Christmas

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