Christmas Commonplace

“Brian tore into the package. He was fully prepared when the heavy brass ring emerged from the tissue paper. ‘It’s a nice one, Michael. Very handsome.’

‘Are you sure? I can take it back if…’

‘No. I’m… nuts about it.’

Michael stayed poker-faced. ‘I hope it’s your size.’

‘What is it?’ asked Connie.

Brian held it up so she could look at it. ‘Nice, huh?’

‘It’s gorgeous. What’s it for?’

Brian’s eyes flashed toward Michael for a split second, then back to Connie. ‘It’s… an ornament,’ he said appreciatively. ‘You hang it on your tree.’”

—Armistead Maupin, Tales of the City

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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