Machination. Christmas. Toast.

As a writer, you never know what will inspire your next story. For me, a single word can spark the creative process. So, just after Christmas, I asked my Facebook fans to "give me a noun." I received three responses, which I've woven into the following short story. Thanks Kelly Pixton (machination), Judy Reiser (Christmas), and Jane McDaniel (toast) for your suggestions!

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