The metallic click was surprisingly loud as Otis turned the lock on the heavy door, sliding the bolt into place. He smiled to himself warmly as he looked out the window and watched the young couple, who had just bought a beautiful wreath, walking away from his shop and into the cold night. They had been telling him how it was their first Christmas as husband and wife and they were so excited to begin decorating their house that they had just moved into. Otis didn't mention it but he had also noticed the little pooch around the young woman's midsection and wondered how far long she was. It was already late November so there was no chance of the baby coming before Christmas but he knew that could only add to their excitement.
He sighed contentedly and turned to face the little nick-knacks and trinkets that cluttered his shop. "It was a good day, I think," he said to the empty room. "Shouldn't have to worry about the bills this month." In back of the store one of t