Monday, December 5, 2011

Tidbits of Christmas: Sarah's Sister by John Scalzi

John Scalzi is one of my current favorite SciFi authors.  His novels are fun and funny and his short stories usually are too.  This particular short story is mostly serious and not SciFi at all but I really enjoyed it in all its Christmas-y glory.

Sarah’s Sister by John Scalzi
Sarah’s family had just sat down for dinner when mom said “uh-oh,” and the next thing everyone knew was there was a huge gush of water. Mom had been big as a horse for two months, but the fact was the water breaking was early; she wasn’t supposed to give birth until a couple of weeks into the new year. The family just wasn’t prepared for a Christmas Eve baby; mom hadn’t gotten her hospital bag together yet, and dad hadn’t made the arrangements to make sure Sarah had someone to watch over her while the baby was being born. Although that might have had something to do with the fact mom wanted her to be in the delivery room to watch it happen, a prospect that filled Sarah with queasy terror. She was ten, after all; she knew where babies came from. She wasn’t at all sure she actually wanted to watch one being born.
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