Sabrina's Scary Christmas Part I
This will be an ongoing review of 21 short stories found in the Halloween anthology, Deadly Treats: Halloween Tales of Mystery, Magic, and Mayhem compiled and edited by Ann Frasier.
Today's short stories are brought to you by Patricia Abbott, Bill Cameron, and Pat Dennis. They contain a little bit of this, and a little bit of that... mingled with an angel, a bat, and a pitchfork. Enjoy.
DEADLY TREATS starts with The Angel Deeb by Patricia Abbott. It's a magical little story about a petty criminal growing a pair of wings. Don't believe me? It's true. He's become angelic... in that he's developed a problem with his shoulder blades (winged scapula), and the condition has left him with a wing-like appearance. And, as you can probably guess, having problems with your shoulder blades can cause serious problems when your income as a thief depends on your ability to reach (think... grabbing purses on the go, picking pockets for wallets, snagging pieces of jewelry on a moving target).
After seeing a doctor and gaining a better appreciation for his medical condition, Mr. Deeb sets out to find another way to bring in a steady income and soon makes stealing items from mailboxes his newly preferred crime. Turns out stealing from mailboxes isn't that easy, though, as his first attempt leaves him with a box of medical supplies... insulin for a child. Look, the guy might be a criminal, but he's a criminal with standards, not to mention wings. So, doing the right thing, Mr. Deeb returns the box and meets a little girl named Isabella... who happens to mistake him for her guardian angel, Angel Deeb. Not only do those wings come in handy when he has to return the medicine to Isabella, but after this little encounter... it looks like this criminal might just have what it takes to become a real angel.