Reflecting the Future by Cricket Starr

Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Blurb: John Forge is the station chief of a mining colony on a futuristic Mars and all he wants is a home and family…and Suzie Shelty, the colony’s morale officer. Trouble is, while Suzie might admit to being infatuated with the handsome captain, she’s not so sure she believes in love. Fortunately she does believe in holiday magic and with John’s help creates for the station the first Christmas on Mars.

Suzie’s uncertainty and John’s unwillingness to compromise could keep them apart. But a mirror that reflects the future—and a certain jolly old elf—may yet make this Christmas the first of many these two will enjoy together.

Publisher’s Note: Novella originally appeared in the Ellora’s Cave anthology Holiday Reflections.
Review: Well, well, WELL Ms. Starr!

Might I say you had yourself a very merry time writing this delightful story! With the appearance of Mr. Nichols, Ms. Dasher, and Mr. Rudolph to complete the Christmas premise. You did have a slight touch of bondage with the robe belts, but I personally thought actually kind of cute considering poor John is finally getting his wish with Suzie; even though he tricked her with thinking she was going to do a ménage.

I can easily picture your world in the future. You have constructed a wonderful story, with characters to match giving everyone a (and for some – their first) Merry Christmas!

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