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Twas the Chihuahua Before Christmas

By Esri Allbritten

Copyright 2011 Esri Allbritten

First Smashwords Edition

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Author’s Note

I wrote this story as a gift for Chihuahua lovers and fans of my mysteries. It features characters that appear in my full-length mystery, Chihuahua of the Baskervilles, published by St. Martin’s Press. If you read this story before that book, it may influence your experience slightly. I did my best to keep it from being too much of a spoiler. You might also be interested to know that Manitou Springs, Colorado, is a real town, and having Santa appear under the town clock on Christmas Eve is a real event. Any differences in the way I’ve portrayed it are for plot purposes.


Twas the Chihuahua Before Christmas

On the morning of Christmas Eve, Charlotte Baskerville woke to enthusiastic doggy kisses on her right cheek. Until recently, two soft little muzzles had licked her awake. She quelled a sense of loss and opened her eyes. Lila, her long-haired black Chihuahua, stared at her from inches away. Charlotte stroked her sleek head. “You have to love me twice as much now that Chum is gone, don’t you?”

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