Christmas Away (As Told By Noel, The Cat)
by Sharon K. Garner
A 3,500-word short story. Noel, a calico cat who was almost born on Christmas, observes as her human friend breaks up with her boyfriend. Lynn takes Noel to a mountain cabin to celebrate the holiday. Jim follows in a snowstorm. Snowbound on your birthday with two humans who have a relationship to sort out is no easy road, but it is one that Noel travels with delightful insights and humor.