For Dani, becoming pregnant at 16 was bad. Having her church turn against her as a result was worse. And watching the father of her child lead the congregation’s attack against her was, perhaps, the worst. But most painful of all was that Dani Vanderholt could not reveal the truth. After all, who would believe that Jedidiah Jackson—the powerful and beloved Bishop of her church and its congregation—would dare father a child with a girl as young as his own daughter? Despite having Dani shut out from “his” congregation, Bishop Jackson remembers the girl that he fell in love with. And what better way to kick off the 10-year Pastoral Anniversary celebration than by forgiving the sins of the past, and welcoming Dani back into the flock With his secret “safe” all these years, Jackson cannot wait to see the fine, young woman Dani has blossomed into. But some secrets are never safe. Some skeletons are not content to remain in the closet.
“It’s the seventh grade Winterwonderland Dance at Westwood Junior High and thus far, 12-year-old Samira has come up short with the boys, as always.” All this stylish, yet bashful tween wants this holiday season is one slow dance. Just one. And hopefully, with the boy of her dreams. Carter Ward. But he doesn’t even know she exists! Or does he? With the help of her beloved, and sometimes annoying best friend, Nakia, Samira may get more than just a dance for Christmas.
Come follow Samira in this short story, “A Dance in December” to find out what goes down at this seventh grade shindig. Will Samira get the one thing she wants for Christmas? A slow dance with her crush, Carter? Or will she continue to be a wilting wallflower?