Winter Blogfest: Tree Hunting by Sharon Buchbinder

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Tree Hunting by Sharon Buchbinder

In this season of miracles and good cheer, I thought I’d share a short story about a man who is late to the tree hunt. Happy Holidays!


By Sharon Buchbinder

“It’s Christmas. You haven’t done anything about a tree.”

Andy put a pillow over his head to muffle his wife’s voice.

“I’m going to work. When I get home, I expect to see a tree in our living room.” She poked his shoulder through the quilt. “Got that?”

He said YES, but it came out more like YETH. Eight hours. Plenty of time. He rolled over and went back to sleep. The next time he looked at the clock it was three in the afternoon. He kicked the blankets off and raced out the door.

The corner lot was empty.

He begged the manager, “My wife will kill me. Don’t you have anything left?”

“There’s one tree no one wants.” He took Andy behind the building and pointed. The scraggly thing belonged in a wood chipper, not in someone’s living room.

“How much?”

“I don’t feel right taking anything for it. Tell you what. The next bum you see, give him whatever you would have paid for a good tree. Okay?”

Andy left, dragging his ugly stick behind him.

An old man with rheumy eyes and a gray unkempt beard stepped into his path. “Spare some change?”

Andy reached into his pocket and found a hole where his money should have been. “I’m so sorry, but…” Disappointment flared in the elder’s eyes. “I have an idea. Come home with me. We have lots of food.”

“Won’t your wife mind?”

Andy shrugged. “I made two promises today. Guess we’ll see which one matters.”

Andy trudged the block home chattering about sports. He dragged the tree upstairs and dropped it in the foyer.

Mary stood with her fists on her hips. “There you are!” A strange look crossed her face. “Andy, where did you get that…”

Here it comes, he thought.

“He needs a meal. We have lots of food.”

He turned. The bum was gone. In his stead was a spectacular tree, decked in bells–and on the top, a figurine of an old man with a long white beard and a twinkle in his eye.

perf5.000x8.000.inddHomeland Security Special Agent Eliana Solomon is on a mission to prevent terrorist attacks. Hard enough to do when the threats are human, almost impossible when it’s an evil, shape shifting jinni. Eliana needs help so she calls the sexy and beguiling psychiatrist, Arta Shahani. However, no matter how good he is at his job, the man is on her blacklist. On their last case together, the guy left her for dead.

Arta is stunned when he receives Eliana’s call. Forced to abandon the woman he loves, he now fears she won’t accept his shape-shifting skills as a Persian Lion. Eliana, in the meantime discovers she is a direct descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba with special powers of her own. But will her skill and Arta’s be enough to defeat the jinni, or will they lose the love history decreed for them as well as their lives in this battle of good versus evil?

About the Author: Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. When not teaching or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, FL.

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  1. Salisa Waheed says:

    christmas spirit…. 😀 that is the first thing that came into my mind when I read the short story.

  2. Lovely story, season of miracles and human kindness

  3. kim amundsen says:

    Love the cover, sounds like a good read.

  4. sounds nice
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. Really enjoyable story about sharing during this Christmas season.

  6. What are your top three favorite books and why?

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