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Cherche père Noël désespérément



Description ajoutée par Katsura 2019-09-09T19:04:36+02:00

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Ce court roman présente un nouveau couple, mais inclut Jordan et Owen du livre Superhero de la même auteure. Il peut être lu indépendamment.

Gabe Martin, étudiant en journalisme, obtient sa première mission professionnelle : écrire un article sur un dîner de charité, organisé à Noël, dont les bénéfices seront reversés à un foyer d’accueil. Le sujet semble vraiment barbant, jusqu’à ce que Gabe apprenne que le Père Noël de l’événement est un homme mystérieux. Il arrive en costume et personne ne sait qui il est. Découvrir l’identité du Père Noël est l’angle d’attaque parfait pour transformer un récit léger en article journalistique sérieux.

Du haut de ses deux mètres dix, Mack McDonnall, dit « La Montagne », est l’immense star du club de lutte de l’Université de Madison, dans le Wisconsin. Quand Gabe pose les yeux sur lui lors d’un match, il le désire au premier regard. Jordan, l’ami de Gabe, leur arrange un rendez-vous. Cependant, quand Gabe discute de ses plans pour révéler l’identité du Père Noël, Mack devient froid et leur première rencontre tourne à l’échec cuisant.

Tandis que Gabe fait des recherches sur le foyer d’accueil, il apprend que Mack a des secrets qu’un homme réputé pour être une brute ne voudrait pas qu’on dévoile. Gabe peut-il se mettre dans l’esprit des fêtes, écrire un article génial, gagner le cœur du géant revêche et offrir à tout le monde un très joyeux Noël ?

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“Gabe’s in journalism,” Jordan said helpfully. “How’s that big final project of yours going, Gabe? Was it for your investigative journalism class?”

I silently thanked Jordan for trying to make me sound impressive. “Yeah. I think I’m in luck.” I looked around the table at Owen and Mack. “See, I’m interning at the Wisconsin State Journal, and I finally got my first story assignment. I have to write about a charity dinner the Elks hold every Christmas for St Mark’s. They’re a children’s home.”

Owen looked politely interested. Mack narrowed his eyes.

“So anyway, I also need to write an investigative story for my class, and I think I’ve found an angle on this Christmas charity thing that might work for both.” Just saying it out loud, my excitement about the project reignited.

“Oh, that’s good,” Jordan said. “So what’s the angle?”

“So the Elks have a guy who plays Santa for the kids every year, right? Only no one knows who he is. He shows up in costume, leaves in costume… they have no idea what his name is.”

Jordan paused, cutting his last bit of lasagna. “Hmmm.” He clearly didn’t get it.

“I was thinking I could build it up into a mystery, maybe by writing a series instead of a single story. Then I’ll do a big reveal at the end.” I was on a roll now. “I mean, it’s strange, don’t you think? Guy comes into the place every year and interacts with all those kids and no one has the first clue who he is? What if he’s the mayor or the DA or something? Or a celebrity? There are a few from Madison. Or someone with a criminal record or a tragic past? I’d love to get an interview with this ‘mystery Santa’ as a capstone to the piece.”

I glanced around, practically thrumming with the idea. But the look on Mack’s face was not at all what I expected. His mouth was set in a grim line and there was a thundercloud of a frown on his forehead.

He carefully put down his fork and turned to me. “Why would you do that?”

“Um…. Do what?”

“Try to out some guy who obviously just wants to do his thing and be left alone?”

His tone was hostile. Which I totally didn’t get. “Out him? Well…” I stammered. “If he wants to play Santa at a charity dinner, why should he keep his identity a secret? It’s weird. I think so, anyway.” I sounded defensive, but he’d taken me by surprise.

“Huh. That’s cool, Gabe. Is anyone ready for dessert?” Jordan put in with forced exuberance. “Mack? Berries and chia pudding? I made it just for you guys.”

Mack was staring at me, and now he looked away with a slow blink and lip curl of disgust. It might have been my imagination, but it felt like the snapping of a tenuous thread of connection between us. I felt sick to my stomach at the sudden chill, the finality of the severing.

“Thanks, Jordan, but I was planning to go to the gym tonight.” Mack patted his stomach and stood up. “I’m full. Any more and I’ll suffer on the treadmill.”

Damn. That had to be a whopper of a lie. I’d eaten more than Mack had, and I wasn’t full.

“Um. Okay.” Jordan sounded disappointed. “Want some coffee? Or Owen has some immunity-boost tea he drinks this time of year.”

But Mr. Reserved had turned into Mr. Ice. Mack’s face was entirely shut off. “Nah. I need to get going. It was nice of you guys to invite me for dinner, though. I owe you.”

He headed for the living room without waiting for a response. Jordan and Owen exchanged a worried look, and then Owen got up to see him out. When Jordan and I were alone, he made a fist in the air, puffed out his cheeks, and spiraled one finger down, down, down with a falling bomb sound. His hand plopped on the table and lay there twitching.

Epic fail. No kidding.

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Commentaire ajouté par Aikawa 2018-11-27T18:07:22+01:00
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Un livre très sympa, sur fond de fêtes de Noël :)

Le livre est du point de vue de Gabe, on découvre l'histoire et les secrets de Mack en même temps que lui. En revanche, l'identité du Père Noël était évident pour moi dès le départ, donc pas vraiment de suspens à ce niveau-là xD

Et puis, c'est cool de retrouver Jordan et Owen de "Super-héros" !

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