Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball
By Donita K. Paul
On magical Sage Street, small businesses flourish in the middle of a bustling, snow-covered city. The shop owners are wizards, and they have a penchant for matchmaking.
Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdads, Books leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball. Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together. This year they’ve targeted Cora and Simon. But Simon wants to take his sister, and Cora doesn’t want to complicate life by dating the boss.
Sandy wants to go to the ball, but she wants Cora to come as well. With a trip to Sage Street to find a gown and another ticket, the couple might have a chance to fulfill the matchmakers’ dreams. But Cora’s sister is not sweet and accommodating like Sandy. Zee enjoys creating mayhem and is practiced at stirring up trouble.
True Meaning of Christmas, Family, Acceptance, Honesty, Romance, Forgiveness, useful employment
Northern City, Bookstore, Costume shop, Cora’s apartment, Simon’s house, Office filled with cubicles, Senior Center
Cora Crowder is in her mid-twenties. She’s on the customer support staff of a mail-order business. A bit of a loner and estranged from her dysfunctional family, she is trying to make Christmas meaningful in her own way. Her faith is new, and her views of Christmas are tainted by her secular upbringing.
Simon Derrick is a supervisor over the division where Cora works. He’s good at his job, and better at home where he heads his family: Grandpa, Great-aunt Mae, his mother Sandy, his sister.
Sandy Derrick is Simon’s 24-year-old sister with Down’s Syndrome.
Zee is Cora’s selfish and manipulative sister descending upon Cora’s apartment as a convenient place to roost while she figures out her next scheme.
Cora’s dress disintegrates when sister Zee steals it and puts it on. Simon sees Sage Street, but the people passing do not. Booterbaw sisters get up off the floor with one smooth move when they should have to struggle. Cora and Simon “see” each other on the computer screen when they look at the Christmas Ball Website. Telephones on Sage Street work without wires or cell phone reception.