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Zachary Mason

Editor’s note: To celebrate Christmas, the Times Herald invited several local authors to submit holiday-related articles for publication. Here are their submissions.

“Let’s put up our Christmas tree,” Cheryl said.

“No. It’s a fake,” the little girl replied with obvious disgust.

“We have to make do with what we have.”

Cheryl put the computerized disc in the corner of their tent and turned it on. The holographic tree lit the tent.

“Would you like to hang the ornaments?”

“There aren’t any ornaments; we both know that.”

“All right, then how about we have our Christmas dinner?”

“Spam and macaroni and cheese? You know what? You’re a bad mommy.”

Cheryl looked out over the flooded New York City from the refugee tent she and the little girl inhabited. Cheryl wasn’t the child’s mother. She had been killed in the flooding, but would it hurt to pretend for one minute that everything was all right, especially for Christmas Eve’s sake?

“If only we had listened to the global warming experts,” Cheryl sighed as she dished out their humble meal. “If only.”