With Apologies Mr. Dickens

bah humbug indeed!

Brian is single and lives alone in Washington, D.C. at a time when the city is beginning to change.

Homosexual and rapidly approaching the cusp between youth and middle age, he has avoided the gay scene in Washington for years and is now effectively closeted. He manages to keep himself busy, if not completely content, by throwing himself into his job on Capitol Hill.

But lacking any meaningful personal life and no longer entirely satisfied with his career either, Brian is increasingly frustrated and depressed.

He also hates Christmas with a passion.

While still retaining fond memories of the holiday from his days as a boy in Maine, Brian dislikes Christmas because its approach each year only serves to stir up memories from the past that he would prefer to ignore or forget. He has discovered other reasons for disliking the holiday season as well. However, an unexpected revelation while on a post-Thanksgiving hike in the mountains stirs up the old memories anew.

As the Christmas holiday approaches, Brian finds himself reliving events from his past, first from a time when he was still an adolescent in Maine and later after having arrived in Washington. Those memories are made still more difficult when an older colleague with whom he is planning to have lunch on Christmas Eve inadvertently provides Brian with a glimpse of his future.

Shaken by that last revelation, Brian finds himself wandering the city alone on Christmas Eve. Then events take a series of surprising and unexpected turns. In responding to the challenges that confront him that evening and in the days that follow, Brian is forced to come to grips with who he is as a person and to make decisions that could profoundly affect his life.

Past, present and future are mixed together and served up in this loose retelling of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Please note that italics are typically used within the story to indicate what a character is thinking or saying to himself.

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With best wishes for the season from me to you