Sunday, February 22, 2015
Christmas Eve at the Exit, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
This is Rusch's fifth appearance on my best-of-the-week list, which I believe puts her in a tie for first place with Brendon Dubois.
It is Christmas eve and Rachel and her little girl are on the run. Many pages will pass before we find out from who, and about the shadowy support system that is helping them.
Rachel is terrified, not sure who to trust, and desperately trying to keep up an appearance of normality for her daughter who, heartbreakingly, seems mostly concerned about Santa Claus.
And that's enough from me. Rusch carries the story off with great audacity. I am sure it will appear in holiday-themed anthologies for years to come.