Christmas Eve for Blogophilia 44.6

origin of Dave and Morley stories

On the 24 of December Fiona arrived home from work at noon. She peeked through the front room window. Her son Duncan was touring the Christmas tree no doubt in an attempt to decipher which   gifts might be his and what they might contain. Dressed in a pair of old jeans  only worn at home, and two inches too short.  Making his bare toes appear exaggeratedly elongated.

Gemini are supposed to be extroverts and talk a great deal, but not Duncan. When he spoke long lost words were freed.

Finally feeling chilled she let herself into the house giving her boy enough time to get to the couch and pretend to watch TV. He would not wish to be caught eyeing the gaily coloured packages like some kid. At sixteen and in their culture he was considered an adult.

“Hi mum.” His tall, athletic body slumped into the couch, his feet propped up on the coffee table. The TV blared a noisy game show.

Duncan inherited his father’s brown eyes which at the moment looked as innocent as a babe. His face, as her husband’s, never failed to make her smile. Fiona anticipated his expression when he opened his presents tonight; the adults and the rest of the family  shared gifts the next day.

She hung up her coat  removed her boots and padded to Duncan. She kissed him hello, gave a quick hug and walked into the kitchen to start the evening’s meal preparations.

As Fiona bustled around in the kitchen she listened to the CD they purchased at the Stuart McLean concert the previous week.

McLean was a master story teller. He conveyed more emotion  in a tone of voice than most writers did in 1000 words. His style  especially at crucial points in the narrative, was to whisper slowly which held the audience on the edge of their seats. And the audience knew what was coming.  What dumb assed thing would Dave do this year?   McLean must write his stories starting at the end to end up with exactly  the right twist. His narrations were definitely telling not showing but he made them come alive. this link is a vid

McLean was telling The Christmas turkey – one of the audiences’ favorite. Fiona heard a chuckle behind her then the click of the fridge closing. Duncan sipped his juice.

“They’re funny each time.”

 “Yes that’s why we keep listening. We’ve taken you to the Christmas show every year since you were small. You probably can recite a few of the stories by heart.”

“Can you recall any Dave and Morley stories with a shaggy dog or black sheep?”

“What an odd question. No I cannot.”

Soon Duncan and Fiona forgot about dinner  and just lounged around the counter laughing

 “What’s so funny in the kitchen?”

“Oh, hi Dad. We’re playing the Stuart McLean CD.”

Gregory pulled over a stool got comfortable and joined his family.

And if you have time – watch this vid Meet Dave and Morley –

written for
BLOGOPHILIA WEEK TOPIC 44.6 – “LONG LOST WORDS WHISPER SLOWLY”Bonus Suggestions:(Hard, 2 points) – use your Zodiac sign(Easy, 1 point) – include shaggy dogs and black sheep


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23 Responses to Christmas Eve for Blogophilia 44.6

  1. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I didn’t realize Stuart McLean was a real person. I’ll have to listen to this when i get a minute.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Bettie says:

    Wonderfully penned piece .. lol

  3. trev says:

    where did you dig up this guy Sue…
    Stuart McLean is hilarious …. are they all his own stories?..
    I loved the video’s very much.. I wish I could talk so elegantly…
    I love how you described Fiona’s relationship with her son Duncan..
    as always … your unfolding story telling is quite exciting to see where you’re going to take me Sue.. brilliant blog girl… 🙂 xxx

  4. Chuck/tyler says:

    Love your description of the 16 year old and Christmas – needs but too cool to show it. I think/hope there is a little of that in all of us

  5. Josh says:

    Ooh. I really liked ‘when he spoke long lost words were freed.’. And I’ve oddly never read one of his books or listened to his stuff …. I don’t mind his genre, but I doubt most of it is, well, all that factual.

  6. Marvin says:

    Smiling with the beginning of the story, Duncan is believably as real as a teen can get. Never heard of Stuart McLean but after the video I am becoming a fan. Thank you! oh yes…8 points Earthling! 🙂

  7. BarbaraK aka fiddlbarb says:

    You’re such a wonderful storyteller. I love this! So very creative. ~barb k~

  8. Irene says:

    Great story!

  9. Lori says:

    “When he spoke long lost words were freed.” great line! this prompt inspired you!

    Loved the description of his short jeans and long toes. I could really picture an awkward teenager.

  10. Aha! This is the long version – see what happens when I read in reverse? :p

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