The Partnered Pen
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The Partnered Pen

Kevin’s Perfect Gift

A holiday short story

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

They agreed on a $200 spending limit. It was one of the most generous limits Julie and Kevin had imposed in their 15-year marriage. Julie was determined to spend it well. And it was time to begin shopping — today. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be done by Christmas.

“Good to see you again, Mrs. Dillard,” Joey, the Publix cashier interrupted her thoughts.

MPP friends writing about life, love, and everything else in between together.

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Laurie Livingston Nave

Laurie Livingston Nave

The downhill trip is more fun than the uphill. A 50+ year old mother, wife, nerd, musician and writer. Follow me at

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