Charity’s Christmas Wish – Book 2 of the Charity Brooks Series 2016-08-27T21:17:04+00:00

Charity’s Christmas Wish – Book 2 of the Charity Brooks Series

(This story is still in the makings. Stay tuned for more chapters!)

Copyright 2016. All Rights Reserved by the eighth commandment, THOU SHALT NOT STEAL.
Not to be reprinted, reposted, or used unless given permission from myself, Madison Lorfing. 

Chapter 1
News

Thump. “Ouch!” Came the cry from the corner of the backyard. I stopped running and whirled my head around to the direction from where the sound had come from.

“Maisie!” I gasped when I saw her sprawled on the dry, leaf-covered ground. “Are you alright?”

I rushed over to her and offered my hand to help her up. She took it and brushed off her skirt. “I’m fine,” Maisie finally answered after taking a deep breath.

“You’re bleeding a little,” I noted as I looked at her two elbows. “You must have been running pretty fast for such a hard fall.”

Maisie proudly grinned. “I didn’t want Lilia to catch me. I had to run fast then, didn’t I?” I couldn’t help but smile at Maisie’s hilarious antics.

“Come on, let’s go see if Courtney can help,” I laughed, bringing her to Courtney.

Courtney left Monique, the second-oldest girl at Miss Hattie’s Orphanage for Girls, in charge while she brought Maisie inside to clean her scrapes. I turned around and looked out at the backyard of all the girls now resuming our fast-paced game of tag.

It had been over a week since the seventy-five percent recovery of the orphans that had been infected with Veinera. The new head of the orphanage, Mrs. Jones, and the oldest orphan who watched over us, Courtney, were both relieved and relaxed. For Mrs. Jones, it was a quite stressful way to start off your first day taking care of orphans; half of the entire orphanage falling ill with an incurable disease!

It had only been the grace of God that every single one of them was healed. Well, that and a little faith and prayer – each one of us prayed very hard for our fellow orphans. Now everyone had recovered, and it made me glad to watch all the orphans playing and in vital, lively health.

A chilly wind chased my thoughts about the recent autumn away and brought my attention to the goose bumps on my bare arms. I hugged myself tightly, wishing I had a shawl. It was already late November, and the official day of winter in December would be here before we knew it. I was eager to find out how they celebrated Christmas at the orphanage. I had only arrived in early autumn and lived here for about a month, so I didn’t know yet.

“Charity!” Gasped my breathless friend Jaida as she trotted over to me. I smiled at her windblown hair and rosy cheeks and nose from being out in the cold. When she reached me she placed her hands on her knees and panted for a bit before straightening up. “Boy, what a workout a single game of tag can be! Are you going to finish playing?”

“Oh, yes, I was just taking a break. Maisie fell and so I brought her to Courtney. I was just thinking about the past few weeks. So much has gone by!” I told her.

Jaida smiled and nodded, then replied, “I know what you mean. It seems like just yesterday was your first day here, doesn’t it?”

I let out a laugh at this. “Oh, don’t remind me! My first few days here were terrible.”

Jaida chuckled. “I’ll say! Courtney and Miss Hattie were very mad at you.”

“They weren’t just mad. They were absolutely furious!” The first few days I lived here, I was very angry and upset. My parents had just died in a fire and I had no relatives that I knew of to take me in, so my kind neighbor dropped me off at the orphanage. Every time I could I would do something naughty and bad, and I thought I would be known as the bad girl forever!

I even threw a book at my other best friend Elaine, I remembered as I saw her running around to avoid being tagged. It had actually been an accident, but I hit her head very hard with it! It finally took a whipping from Miss Hattie to set me straight. And now… it’s like every orphan here at Miss Hattie’s Orphanage for Girls were my sisters. We were inseparable like family.

“Come on, let’s go play one more round of tag before we have to go in,” Jaida urged after we finished chuckling at the thought of my first dramatic days here.

“Alright,” I agreed as Jaida and I jumped back into the action of the game.

All too soon, Courtney returned with Maisie. “Alright, girls, it’s time to come inside for the midday meal!” She called out.

“Aww!” Nine-year-old Lilia whined. “But I was just about to tag Kate…”

Every one of us hurried into a single-file line. “Follow me,” Courtney beckoned as she led us to the “mess hall” or cafeteria. “Sit down, everybody,” Directed Courtney.

“Psst, Charity! Jaida!” Elaine hissed, waving us over to a near-empty table where we could all sit together before anybody else took the seats.

Mrs. Jones brought out a few trays of food – from the smell of it, I realized with an inwards groan that it was fried potatoes again – and motioned for Courtney to come and help her. When all the plates had been set on the tables, Mrs. Jones returned to the kitchen and Courtney led us in a prayer over the food.

“Potatoes again?” Lilia complained. “Don’t we ever eat anything else these days?” Jaida eyed Lilia sternly.

“Lilia, be grateful you’re even eating anything at all. Think about the starving children in Ethiopia! Tell her, Elaine.”

Elaine’s parents (now dead, of course) had emigrated from Ethiopia, and Elaine quickly explained, “The orphans in Ethiopia rarely get to live in orphanages, like we do. They live in the wild and many die of starvation.”

Lilia just rolled her eyes and poked a fried potato with her fork. “How did I know you guys would say that? Aren’t any of you tired of potatoes?”

Jaida sighed before answering, “I never said I wasn’t tired of eating potatoes. But it’s better then starving, right?” Lilia shrugged, embarrassed, but she popped a potato in her mouth anyways.

“Guess what I overheard Mrs. Jones say today,” Spoke up eleven-year-old Isabelle, the other girl at our table, leaning in closer.

“Isabelle!” Snapped Courtney from a nearby table. Isabelle whipped her head around to look at her. “No gossiping, and no rumors. That’s wrong.”

Isabelle frowned and then sighed in frustration, but she didn’t continue. “Never mind then.”

“If it isn’t private, I bet we’ll find out soon enough,” I reassured after swallowing a tasteless potato. “Because here comes Mrs. Jones.”

“Girls!” Cried the shrill voice of Mrs. Jones. She hiked up her skirts and stood atop an empty bench at one of the tables. “I have news for all of you!”

25 Comments

  1. Staff August 15, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I love it! I loved your first book and I bet I love this one too! You are an amazing writer!! 🙂

    • Madi
      Madi August 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Staff! That means a lot. 😀 😀 😀 I hope you like this one! 😀
      •Madi•

  2. Light4theLord August 24, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Wow, Madi! That’s great- you’re a really good writer! I just read the first book and liked it too! You really DO like cliffhangers, don’t you?

    • Madi
      Madi August 25, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Light4theLord! That really means a lot. 😀 Haha, yes, I do! In my novel I’m writing (not Charity Brooks) I literally end every single chapter with a serious cliffhanger that will hopefully leave my readers at the edge of their seats… LOL. 😛
      •Madi•

  3. Alyse November 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I am dying of suspense!!!!!!!! Hurry and write the next chapter!!!!!!

    • Madison
      Madison November 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Aw, I am so glad you like it! I actually put a pause of the Charity Brooks series for right now. 100% of my writing focus is toward my novel, Loyalty, now. I’ll try and write another chapter of Charity Brooks soon, though!

      • Alyse March 4, 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

        I can’t wait until you finish Loyalty. (I am sure it is great!)

        • Madison
          Madison March 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply

          I finished the first draft and am so excited!! Aw, thank you so much!

  4. From a Doll's Perspective January 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    WOW!!! You are an AMAZING writer! I just noticed your Charity Brooks Series today, and I have already read all of the first book and what you have done on this one! Have you published your other book?

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you SOOO much, Anna! That means so much to me! Are you talking about my novel? I’m still writing it and have not published it yet, but the first draft is very close to being finished. 😀

      • From a Doll's Perspective January 14, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

        Your welcome! I actually meant your other Charity book.

        • Madison
          Madison January 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

          Oh, okay! I have not published it yet – I’m actually not sure it’s even that good to publish… 😛

          • From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) March 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

            I think it definitely is!

            • Madison
              Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

              Awww, I’m so glad you like it!

              I think I may publish it — someday, in the future — after a bunch of editing and maybe a rewrite. Because I do kind of like it. ?

              • From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 30, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

                I really hope you do! I seriously can not wait until one of your books shows up on the library website! In fact maybe I should start saving up to buy copies of your books and give them to the library! (And buy copies for myself too. 😉 )

  5. M&M January 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Your Charity books are so good! I think their more than good enough to publish! Please write the next chapter soon!

    M&M-

    • Madison
      Madison January 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Aww, you are SO sweet, M&M! Thank you so much! ❤️ LOL, I’ll try! ???

  6. Daisymermaid April 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    WHHHYYYY DID YOU ABANDON THIS JUST BECAUSE WE ALL GOT OBSESSED WITH ARINOKI DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU LEAVE CHARITY IN THE DUST!!!!

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      UM, YES, YES IT DOES. LEAVING THINGS IN THE DUST IS WHAT I DOOOO!

      JK.

      Okay, let’s face it, I totally forgot about this.

  7. Daisymermaid April 6, 2017 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I could tell. XD

  8. Elise April 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Ooh! Please continue it soon! The Charity series is SOOOOOO good! 🙂 <3

    • Madison
      Madison April 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m SO glad you like this! I decided just today that I am going to rewrite this and make it better (leaving the general storyline) sometime and then continue it!

  9. Elise April 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Ooh! Please continue soon! It is soooooo good! I love your Charity series! 🙂 <3

    • Madison
      Madison April 24, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much, I’m so glad you like this! I really need to continue it…

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