A Secret Santa story by Dennis M. Falk
© 2017, issued under a Creative Commons license, BY-NC-SA
A smallish mouse stood in line at the grocery store, buying only a carton of (non-alcoholic) eggnog and a gourmet cheese party plate-- It was all she really needed for this New Year's night. In front of her was a squirrel mother and her pre-teen daughter, whom she guesses is about 11 or 12. Behind her, a brown bunny with red eyes and a coiffure that would make Elvis envious.
The young squirrel girl noticed that Amy- the mouse- was looking at her, then just smiled.
The cashier, a green songbird named Harmony, asked Amy, "You expecting anyone over tonight?", in her usual sing-song voice.
"Nope- Just another New Year's Eve alone."
The bunny, smiling only to himself, could see something in the making for the two female furs in line ahead of him, and started setting plans in motion.
Later that evening, after the mouse had finished her dinner (and cleaned up her dishes), she sat down in her chair to read a book...only to hear a knock on the door.
Opening the door, Amy sees it's the young squirrel she saw earlier that afternoon, in the store.
"You're the squirrel I saw at the store. Shouldn't you be at home?"
"Mom knows I'm here. You looked like you could use some company," the squirrel said.
"Well, all right, I guess. Come on in. So what is your name?"
"I'm Andie. That's short for Andrea."
"Nice meeting you, Andie. I'm Amy."
The two sat in the living room with some cheese and nuts, which both enjoyed.
"Miss Amy, could you...do me a little favour? Could you....cuddle me?"
"Ummm... Sure... I hope I don't get into trouble just for this."
The squirrel hugs the mouse, and kisses Amy's nose.
"I don't think you will," at which point Andie sat in Amy's lap, and Amy cuddled her.
"You are warm and soft," said Amy.
"I'm a squirrel, I should be! And you're very pretty!"
The mouse blushed, getting a compliment from a cute young squirrel- her dream!
"Thank you," the mouse said softly.
The two stayed cuddled, and fell asleep in each other's arms, until a sound disturbs them awake.
*BOOM!* *BAM!* "HAPPY NEW YEAR!!", they hear from outside.
"Oh! Ummm, I think it's time for this squirrel to head home..."
"Should you call your mother to pick you up?"
"I'll be fine- I'm only a block away from home!"
Andie got up, and put her coat on.
"Good night, Miss Amy!"
"Will I see you again?," said Amy.
The squirrel giggled, "I hope so! You're nice to be with!"
Again, Amy blushed.
"Good night, Andie, and happy new year."
"Happy new year to you, too! Good night!"
And the squirrel left, and Amy watched her go.
"The stuff dreams are made of," she said to herself quietly.
Not far away, a chocolate brown bunny with red eyes smiled to himself, "Success!", then quietly disappeared into the night.