Megan McAllister is home for Christmas…whether she likes it or not!

Christmas is about family…and for Megan family means two people: herself, and her daughter Skye. It doesn’t mean her parents who, ten years ago, saw her pregnancy as anything but a miracle. And it definitely doesn’t include her irresistible ex-boyfriend Lucas Bright.

So ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ has never been top of Megan’s festive playlist. But for Skye, she knows she needs to spend the holiday season with the people she’s left behind. She can do this. Even if the thought of meeting Lucas under the mistletoe still has her feeling like she’s drunk one-too-many Snowballs!

But somewhere between the hanging of stockings and the crackle of wrapping paper, Christmas starts to sparkle. And Megan begins to wonder if family could be bigger than her and Skye after all…Pop the buck’s fizz, stoke the fire and prepare to giggle the festive season away with AL Michael!



Last week in the Village’s Number One Newspaper, our little gossip column was full of Christmas Cheer, with the flurry of ex-villagers rushing back to spend the holidays with their families.

Most of these returns aren’t surprising, and there’s something comforting about welcoming back Nell from her home in Devon, or Tony back to the butchers, where his son Nigel is, I’m sure we can all agree, doing an excellent job of keeping the family business going!

But this week, someone has returned that we never thought to see again! Megan McAllister has returned to her parental home, and with a daughter in tow! Our sources tell us her daughter’s name is Skye, she’s ten years old, and is quite the child prodigy. We are also working under the assumption that the unknown father or Megan’s child is, or was, a member of our own community! 

You all remember when Megan McAllister left, under the dark of night on Christmas eve all those years ago? Now she’s back, proving she has nothing to be ashamed of, and we say, well done to you, young lady! Welcome back to the village, Megan, (and Skye) and Merry Christmas!

Megan McAllister threw the paper down onto the table in disgust.

‘Really? They think that’s appropriate?’ she snorted.

Lucas looked up at her, eyebrows raised, ‘you do remember who runs that paper?’

‘It can’t still be Douglas, how is that man still alive?’

‘He’s fortified by rumours and other people’s misery,’ Lucas laughed, ‘plus you know who the source is, don’t you?’

‘Let me guess. Belinda,’ Megan growled, grasping her wine glass too tightly.

‘The people of the village were overjoyed when she opened up the beauty salon- now people have a place to gossip away the whole day. The place is like a wasps’ nest.’

‘I think wasp is too nice a comparison for that woman.’

‘And I think, however misjudged and inappropriate, you have to admit that I’m not the only person here who’s happy you’re back.’


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img_1631A. L. MICHAEL is a twenty something writer from North London. She has a BA in Literature with Creative Writing, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship (both from UEA) and is studying for an MsC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She is not at all dependent on her student discount card.
She is a creative writing workshop facilitator and English tutor, as well as recently being the Writer in Residence at Red Door Studios in Newham, directing a brand new literary festival called Words With Edge. She is currently running workshops in creative wellbeing, and business skills for artists. She enjoys expensive chocolate, cheap wine, and has an alarming penchant for animal puns. Occasionally, she sleeps.
You can also follow on twitter at @ALMichael_ and her Facebook Author Page, as well as on Goodreads.