For today’s $10 ARe GC, what is your favorite holiday tradition?
Augustus Griffin has never recovered from the desertion of his first love, Basilio Downs. Even though he’d gone on to get married and have children, his bittersweet memories followed him late into life.
Basilio left his love for reasons of his own. He didn’t want to drag his beloved into his new life as a vampire. Over the years he watched Augustus’ joy and devastation never going too far away.
When Augustus is attacked and transformed into a vampire he brings with him an entirely new outlook to vampire kind. Will he be able to adapt to his new life and forgive his old love or will outside forces tear them apart?
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Anger fueled Gus as he left his apartment and shuffled down two flights as quickly as he could, hoping to reach the screaming man before it was too late. If he’d had any sense, he’d have called the police, but he was tired of punks roughing up people in his neighborhood. This time, he would do something about it. Fury kept him going to the ground floor. He stopped, winded, at the base of the stairwell to catch his breath before he could continue.
Straightening his shoulders as much as he still could, Gus pushed open the heavy door that exited out to the alley. The punks had already left, and a man lay still as death on the ground.
“Poor kid,” Gus muttered. The victim didn’t so much as twitch when Gus approached. Damn, Gus hoped he wasn’t dead! The young man couldn’t have been much older than his mid-twenties.
Using his bat to balance himself, Gus kneeled beside the battered male, his arthritic knees screaming with pain as they hit the rough asphalt and bits of stone dug into his skin through his thin cotton pants.
Damn, he wished he’d grabbed his phone. In his hurry to rescue the guy, he had foolishly left his cell phone on his coffee table. Gus brushed the victim’s hair back from his face. To his surprise, the young man’s eyelids snapped open, and dark, liquid, pain-filled eyes stared back at him.
“Hey, buddy, you all right? Do you think you can stand?” Gus asked in his gentlest tone. He didn’t know if the man should be moved or not, but he couldn’t abandon an injured person in the middle of a filthy alley. What if the assailants returned? Unfortunately, he also wasn’t strong enough to lift the guy up the stairs either. Being old sucked.
“Help me,” the man whispered.
“I’m trying to, but I need to get you upstairs. I don’t have my phone,” Gus explained.
When the young man didn’t speak again, Gus crouched down to slide his right arm beneath the stranger’s shoulders while using his left hand to balance himself with the bat.
The man struck like a viper. Sharp teeth pierced Gus’s skin and sank into his jugular. With a cry, Gus dropped the bat. It hit the ground with a hollow thud, then rolled away.
Why did it never pay to be a Good Samaritan these days?
As he futilely tried to pull the man off him, Gus’s heart stuttered in his chest and the world went black.
84 thoughts on “25 Days of Cheer – My Shining Star – Day 6”
We like listening to random christmas songs 🙂
ooh, this book sounds interesting. My favourite holiday tradition, beside cooking, eating and being with family, is to rest in the aircon after our Christmas meal and read a book. I am an Aussie. For us Christmas is hot.
Singing Christmas songs all the time.
Dinner with the family
Putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving
Definitely decorating the Christmas tree 🙂
I only have one tradition and that is the family drink at 11 O’Clock on Christmas day to toast the family wherever they may be.
I always re-read the series Who Needs Christmas, 1 book everyday on the 12 days before xmas
Christmas Eve….we all get together and open presents, have yummy green chili and just have a great time.
Decorating the Christmas tree the day before Christmas Eve.
Opening the gifts containing new pjs on Christmas Eve.
Dinner with my family on Christmas’ Eve
Christmas decorating of the house =D
Putting up the tree after watching the grinch
Christmas Eve with the family.
Watching The Nightmare Before Christmas with my brother
I enjoy the family dinner.
Decorating the Christmas tree.
Spending Christmas day with my immediate family. We don’t go to others house, we just stay home and enjoy the day!
My friend has a girls night in the first Saturday in December. This gives us a chance to relax and enjoy our friends before we our swamped with family obligations.
Singing Christmas carols
Don’t have any traditions we follow other than getting together with family and friends
I really like how most if not all the families come to the family Christmas get togethers.
Christmas Eve we have home made lasagna, then pay games until bedtime! Oh, we also have lots of eggnog!!
Getting together as a family.
Having a big family dinner and exchanging gifts with my family.
Opening a new wrapped book for the 2 weeks before Christmas… gives him a gift to open so he doesnt bug me for more
Decorating the Christmas tree with family…
Going for our Christmas Tree and decorating it with the kids.
As I’ve gotten older,it’s the quite times after all the frenzy. To sit with a cup of coffee and talk to family I don’t get to see very often.
We have a stack of Christmas movies we have to watch every year as a family.
I’ve been married 25 years and every year we watch It’s A Wonderful Life. It started out just us but we’ve grown to include 3 babies, a sin in-law, a daughter in-law and 2 granddaughters but this year will be the first time for the baby.
We don’t really have a Christmas Traditions as such but we always have breakfast and dress up then we open our Christmas presents.
Putting Christmas lights up our side the house while drinking hot chocolate.
Reading a night before Christmas while drinking hot cocoa.
Decorating the tree and house which we just did yesterday.
Going to my sisters on Christmas Eve with all of my family.
making cookies and fudge with my sons.
Opening a gift on Christmas Eve
Decorating the Christmas tree.
Pretty lights in the dark of night.
Eating the traditional Christmas enchiladas
We get up and open our presents than have a traditional eggs Benedict breakfast just the family before we see anyone else. Now the kids are adults they still come to my house for breakfast my favorite thing
Eating my Mothers Christmas homemade cookies.
Evergreen Boughs. Everything looks festive and smells great!
Attending Christmas Eve services with my family.
I love eating the tamales friends bring on Christmas Eve!
The Christmas elf left one piece of candy under each kid’s pillow every night, starting the first – still do this with my grown up kids, although now the elf leaves a bag of candy for each person, and they have hire their own elf!
My favorite Christmas tradition is christmas breakfast. I always host it and cannot wait for it this year.
Having a birthday cake for baby Jesus and getting together to sing “Happy birthday ” to him.
My girls an I make a gingerbread house together every year.
Sadly we have no holiday traditions
I really enjoyed this book.
Hubby and I people watch on Black Friday and the day after Christmas
Christmas lunch with family
Loved the book. Will this be a series? or have a sequel?
Don’t really have holiday traditions, but at least this year we setup the tree after Thanksgiving instead of Thanksgiving morning.
Make chocolate covered pretzels.
Putting up the Christmas tree.
It woukd have to be decorating the tree. It has always been something that me and my brother did together with our dad (his job being the branches that we could not reach), witle mom was baking cinemon cockies. Now that my brother and I both have grown up, we continue that tradition with his son, so dad and aunty help with the top and the cutest 3 year old in the world tries his best to get things to stick on the brances, which can be veeery difficult and needs a helpful hand from grand dad 😀
Great book. Love watching It’s a Wonderful Life.
We don’t really have any traditions, but we do always make stuffed french toast for Christmas morning 🙂
Watching action “Christmas” movies and baking the Christmas cookies that my family has made for generations.
Favorite holiday traditions involved a loved one who is no longer around, except in spirit. Spending time with her – that was my favorite tradition.
Favorite holiday tradition is making the Holiday Party Mix (the original chex mix) and egg nog for my hubby.
Didn’t we have this question in Day 3? Let me think of a different answer. One of the things my Dad and I liked to do the day after Christmas was go to his church (I usually went to a different one for Sunday school and children’s choir purposes) for a Messiash sing-along choir fundraiser. Imagine several hundred people singing the Messiash, with a small orchestra accompanying. With a food break/social gathering in the middle.
Messiah. Can’t believe I typed it wrong twice and didn’t notice until I was clicking send.
We always have something red and something green at breakfast on Christmas morning.
Watching Christmas movies.
Brunch Christmas Day with the fam
My family isn’t big on the holidays, but one of my favorite things to do as a family that occurs more frequently during the holidays is cooking together.
We’re separated so we usually send pictures or videos.
Listening to holiday music, especially the radio station that plays nothing but holiday songs. 🙂
We all open one gift on Christmas Eve.
Getting family pajamas on Christmas Eve
Just looking at the decorations after they are all put up and thinking how grateful I am to have my family with me.
Singing and family time watching the kids open presents Christmas morning.
Watching my daughter at her Christmas Carol Concert.
Umm.. well I guess all the holiday songs that come through the stores. LOL.. or like… I guess I also like the wonderful decorations on houses and the Christmas tree decorations. 🙂
well last year we had a fake fireplace a la amazon fire stick… maybe we’ll do the same this year :3
I love how we all make the time to put up and decorate our tree together. It makes the holidays feel complete.
For my actual favorite holiday my tradition is handing out candy (Halloween). For my favorite day off holiday (New Year’s Day) my favorite tradition is eating with friends before finding a random party be it steampunk, EDM, classy, or what have you.
decorating together, giving gifts to others, spending time together with others as a big group.
Meeting up with my mother and planning Christmas together
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