Buck Wilmington made his way through the Montecito Hotel,
a sprig of mistletoe tucked securely in his pocket. He'd been on his way
to the Mystique when he noticed a quiet figure in the Gift Shop.
Gloria Potter, the gift shop's manager, was arranging a holiday display.
It was late and, glancing at his watch, Buck knew the shop was due to close
in a few minutes.
He'd heard from Annie Shaw, one of the sales clerks who worked for Gloria
that this year was going to be very tough on Mrs. Potter. The older woman's
wedding anniversary fell on Christmas Eve and this would be her first Christmas
without her husband.
Buck frowned slightly as he reflected on this. Just what did a widow do on
the holidays? He knew she had children, but it still couldn't be the same
as having your spouse with you. He recalled how tough Chris Larabee's first
Christmas was after Sarah and Adam's deaths.
Making a sudden decision, the ladies' man pulled the sprig of mistletoe out
of his pocket and entered the gift shop. Although he had been saving the
little plant for the lovely Inez Recillos, he decided it might have a better
Gloria sighed as she looked over the Christmas displays. This year's theme
was angels and they always made her think of her husband. She wondered if
he was keeping a watch over her and the children now. Her thoughts were
interrupted when she looked up to see Buck Wilmington entering the small
"Good evening, Mr. Wilmington. Is there something I can help you with?" Mrs.
Buck grinned. "Actually, Darlin', I think you can." Holding up the mistletoe,
he was pleased to see Gloria's surprised expression, and then Buck leaned
down and kissed her.
"Merry Christmas, Gloria," Buck said and with a satisfied nod, he took his
Gloria watched Buck depart from the store and she smiled.
'What do you know about that?' she thought. 'I've got a Christmas
angel after all.'
The Las Vegas Chronicles