A Christmastide Happy Ending

BAT Publishing Stories

I still like the following short story, one I wrote many years ago when my children were small, because I was able to give it a happy ending, something I have not always lived, nor sought to achieve in my writerly wonderings. Happy endings don’t always happen in real life, and many writers seem to go out of their way to point that out in their work. But there are happy endings in real life, and I, for one, think writing one now and then represents a healthy portion of society as well as the darker conclusions remind us of the world’s strife.

This short story was conceived after a military bombing occurred against American troops overseas. It’s short term focus is on one man’s struggle to accept the life-long repercussions of such an event.

Got a relationship to fix? ‘Tis the season!

Enjoy… Night Dreams, Day Dreams. It is presented here in an abridged edition as first  published at Helium.com in 2010 as a “Nightmares” assignment submission and scanned from its original typed form, with a reduced copy of a piece of my Roughcraft Artwork.

Night Dreams, Day Dreams
By Barbara Anne Helberg




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About bahelberg1

Since I first touched a pencil to paper, I've been writing. Where that passion has taken me as I lived life is explored in my Primary blog, http://www.mywritinglifexposed.wordpress.com . I love animals, including race horses, about whom I have written much, and I've always had a dog in my life. Shouldn't animals have their say? In my Second Primary blog, http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com , I give them a chance to speak. In the Composite blog http://www.nearthefinishline.wordpress.com , I explore my life's journey and observations. Other interests -- poetry, sports, photography, thankfulness, story ideas, self-publishing, story art, fiction, and more -- get their due in my other (17) blogs. I'm from a rural community in Ohio, lived nine years in Vermont, then returned to my native Henry County in 1980. I've worked for various local newspapers and attended classes in writing over the years before retiring to free-lancing in 2008. It was after my migration back to Ohio that I began BAT Publishing in earnest. It is strictly a self-publishing enterprise in that I publish my own works -- novels, novelettes, short stories with my Roughcraft Art -- in my own softcover, or loose-leaf notebook, designs. My photos and artwork are also incorporated in the books. Prior to this endeavor, I produced a periodic story booklet for young writers only entitled "Connections". Its success sparked my interest in self-publishing my own titles.
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