The Gift from Maggie

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I know I keep you amused, but I feel I’m being used. All I needed was a friend to lend a guiding hand. I couldn’t have tried anymore. You stole my heart.

The Gift from Maggie
By Angela Rasch
(with inspiration from O. Henrietta)

Can it really be our fifth Christmas together? I asked myself while I added a touch of eyeliner to my left lid. The look and feel of the cool, shimmering liquid never failed to deliver that “Taylor Swift” moment I craved.

Our relationship seemed to be tied to Christmas and Christmases past.

Maggie and I met at a Christmas party at a friend’s house and hit it off immediately, after we were teamed for a Noel trivia contest and kicked ass. There were quite a number of people playing the game that knew eleven pipers were piping, but apparently, only Maggie and I also knew the meaning behind the song.

She whispered in my ear. “The eleven pipers symbolize the eleven faithful. . ..”

“. . .apostles,” I excitedly finished for her, while we both grinned like hand-painted, wooden soldier nutcrackers.

We started planning our Christmases in early October. The truth be told -- and if you want to be on the “nice” list, truth is mandatory -- the day after Christmas the two of us started thinking about what to give each other, for the next Yuletide.

The previous year Maggie had given me a carved nativity scene she had purchased, during our trip to Germany. Somehow, she had made the buy and brought it home, without me knowing.

I had given her an evening a week learning ballroom dancing, through a twelve-week course -- because she loves to dance. And, I have more than my share of left feet.

Our lives were truly devoted to bringing goodwill, to one another. Maggie’s activities were a quilt of caring: her volunteer work at the animal shelter, how she could never go by a homeless person, without sharing alms, and a thousand other acts, including her job -- editing for a publisher, who specialized in self-help books for the afflicted.

“Baby, you belong to me, you belong to me,” I sang to the mirror, delighted by my transformation from an average-looking guy to a semi-knockout babe. When I went to my monthly trans support group -- I always felt like the only one of the eight of us, who really made a fantastic-looking woman.

The others probably try as hard as I do -- but they just don’t have the raw material.

I grinned impishly at my reflection and then pivoted on my three-inch heels admiring the soft curves of my hair-free legs flowing from beneath the hem of my knee-length skirt.

A week before our second Christmas, I had come out to Maggie.

She reacted like the girl I love. “No one’s perfect,” she said with a delighted smile. She went on to explain that her father had been a closet alcoholic for years, drinking himself into a stupor each night in his den, and ignoring his family. “My mother put up with the loneliness he caused her. What’s a little makeup? Besides, your perfume is intoxicating. Do you have a nightie for when we go to bed?”

I had bought a ring and was ready to propose that evening. . .depending on how she reacted.

We were married the following December 26th. Our nuptials were forever linked to our favorite holiday. We had even made our wedding announcements look like a Currier and Ives Christmas card.

What a mess! Two days before Christmas and I still hadn’t found something for her.

I stopped myself halfway through running my Braun Silk-épil 9 9-020 Body System Epilator over my legs -- something I did every other day. Combined with a once a week shaving -- my hair-plucker kept most of my body smooth as a peach.

I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks, worrying about finding “the” perfect gift.

I threw myself down on our bed and despite all the time I had spent getting my eyes perfect, allowed myself one self-pitying, hellacious cry. After ten or so minutes, I felt a little better and redid my makeup, paying close attention to make sure Maggie wouldn’t know I’d been crying when she finally got home from work.

We had the same work schedule -- but she had been putting in a lot of overtime at her firm for the last several weeks. I usually had two hours to myself when I got home, to change into my “Cherie” clothes, clean our house, and start dinner.

“You’re being a ninny,” I chided myself in the mirror, by our front door. “For gosh sakes. Think of Georgette and Patrice.” Two other girls in my support group were going through messy divorces.

At our last meeting, Georgette had described the last few months with her spouse. “Things just started to spiral out of control, after I introduced her to my femme side. She became less and less interested in spending time with me — finding excuses, to be out with her friends. And then came her list of demands.”

Patrice rolled her eyes. “Let me guess. No perfume. Dress only when she’s out of your house. Keep your things where she can’t see them. Am I on the right track?”

“Uh-huh,” Georgette moaned. “And that was only the beginning. Then she added that I had to ask for her permission each time, in writing, and give her at least a week’s notice. But that was just her screwing with me, ‘cuz she’d already found a shark of an attorney, to file for ‘irreconcilable differences.’”

“Holy shit,” Sylvia commented. “Don’t tell. That’s my policy and it always will be.”

Three other haphazardly coiffed wigs bounced up and down, signaling the even split in our group, over the matter of spousal disclosure.

I hadn’t paid much attention to the chatter after that, because the thought of Maggie and I ever getting divorced was ludicrous.

“But is it?” I asked myself, taking a red pepper out of the refrigerator to chop up for a tuna wrap I was making Maggie and me, for dinner.

I haven’t been able to find a decent Christmas gift, which might mean I’ve lost some of my ability to read her wants. Is this the beginning of the end?

Maggie and I both believed in the magic of giving.

One year, she had said to me, “It’s unthinkable that anyone could love someone without giving to them, but it does seem possible to give without loving.” She was bemoaning the commercialization of Christmas — and how some people were ruining Christmas, by forgetting its true spirit.

“I believe it’s essential to give to someone -- who can’t possibly give as much back to you, in order to really enjoy charity,” she added. “But don’t you hate the mindless gifting where people buy whatever is on sale and stacked on the endcaps at Macy’s?”

I might just have to settle for an “endcap” present for Maggie. It’s as if my muse has run out of creative things, to give her.

Maggie arrived home a half an hour later than she had promised and announced she needed to go straight to bed.

She didn’t even give the dinner I put together much consideration.

“I need sleep,” she said. “If you’re coming to bed, within the next couple of hours, please do what you can to get rid of that perfume you’re wearing so I can sleep. You look extraordinary tonight. Sometimes, I wish you would give me a little notice when you’re going to get all dressed up. Gosh, I was looking through your girl things — perhaps we need to think about storing them in the spare bedroom.”

She turned and walked from the room, before I could answer. “I’m going to take an aspirin and dive into bed. I need sleep and. . ..” Her voice drifted off.

My mind went into panic mode. Two minutes before, my biggest problem had been not having a “wow” gift for her for Christmas, and then I was looking down the barrel of d-i-v-o-r-c-e. My eyes both started dripping and all thoughts of eating evaporated. What had seemed like a delectable meal, now seemed inedible.

I spent the next three hours sitting in the dark in our living room going over everything she had said -- in detail.

She doesn’t like my perfume. She used to love my perfume. She used to bury her face behind my ear where I’d dabbed it and inhale as if it was the last oxygen on Earth.

She thinks I look “unusual” tonight. Where did that come from? Maggie never said anything like that before. I wonder if Georgette and Patrice’s exes told them they looked “unusual?”

It’s no wonder I didn’t see this coming. All the time she was berating my cross-dressing, her eyes and body language still sent out messages of love.

Ohhhhhh my. She even said she wants me to give her notice, before I dress in my girl clothes. Sometimes I don’t even know beforehand when I want to wear a dress or a skirt. I wonder what she considers girl clothes and what she considers boy clothes. I’ve got some things even I can’t put a label on.

Does that mean I can’t wear panties under my boy clothes? I always wear panties.

That’s just mean!

Why would she want me to move my clothes into the spare bedroom? Does she want me to move, with them? This sounds horribly like one of those scary stories I’ve read online. Does Maggie have a secret boyfriend she wants to bring home? I shuddered.

Why now? That’s so like Maggie. She lives on eggshells, often so wrapped up in others, that she doesn’t get around to herself. It appears she finally has. Am I just now seeing the real Maggie? Did she get me to think I can’t get along without her, so she can totally control me?

My thoughts went on and on. It was clear to me after consideration that things had been going downhill, for quite some time.

All that overtime and weekend work she’s been putting in may have been a cover-up, for an affair. Who is it? Jerry — the guy at the grocery store she thinks is so cute when he gives us a special cut of meat? Her boss, Oscar? That can’t be. She doesn’t even like him. . .but I only know that because she told me.

And, she also told me she likes my perfume -- when she really hates it.

I stewed. . .trying everything, from wringing my hands, to pounding my temples with my fist.

Nicholas! Nicholas Vaaroni, our handyman. Maggie’s in love with Nicholas. He can do all those things I just don’t have the aptitude to take on. He can fix anything and can lift twice his weight above his head. If the temperature gets above sixty-five — off comes his shirt -- showing off a perfect six-pack.

Hell! I’ve even had a few sexual fantasies that involved him and what I assumed is below his belt. Not that I’m anything but hetero . . . but once in a while. . ..

“I can build anything you can imagine,” he had bragged. . .and from the things we had seen him erect around the neighborhood, he hadn’t overstated his abilities.


Three weeks prior, he had been in our house alone with her -- one Saturday when Maggie had sent me on an errand. They had both acted mighty strange when I walked in -- having forgotten my wallet and returning much earlier than I had planned.

Why hadn’t I been more attentive?

My eyes hadn’t dried the entire evening. It was around eleven when I called Georgette. Our support group had a system, in which we picked one person to be our “buddy” and gave them our real first name and a phone number where we could be reached. It was a cell phone each of us had that was used . . . strictly for that purpose.

She didn’t seem at all surprised when I explained my situation.

“Welcome to the club, Cherie,” she intoned. For the next fifteen minutes, she commiserated and offered me advice, on how to best position myself for my inevitable divorce. She said her lawyers would try to scare me with “dragging” me through the mud. At first, I didn’t get her pun, so she repeated it. “Drag. Get it?”

“Oh, shit,” I said, feeling total despair. “She’ll clean me out.”

“You’ve got that right. Have you thought about taking her up on her offer? I’ve often wished I had just given in, to what my wife had suggested.”

“I suppose I could,” I said. “I love to dress -- and I have the right to feel complete. But that and five bucks will just barely buy me a latte.”

She chuckled. “You know, Cherie. If I had it all to do over again, I would have cleaned up my act. I love my wife and she probably would never understand my dressing. That wasn’t her fault — society’s bias is overwhelming.”


“Sure,” she said. “I wish I would have purged.”

Our group had talked a lot about purges.

I had never done it. But six of the eight had at one time or another thrown away their entire wardrobes. One of the gals had tossed all her things in the trash -- on five separate occasions.

We talked about a number of other concerns. Mostly, Georgette expressed fear about my mental state and made me “promise, promise, promise” I would call her, if I couldn’t handle things, on my own.

When I went to bed, after showering to remove all my perfume, Maggie was fast asleep. I tossed and turned until four in the morning . . . when a solution hit me.

I have two problems. The minor issue is giving her a perfect gift. The major problem, the only one I can care about now, is saving our marriage. I can kill two birds with one stone. I’ll give her the gift of purging my female side!

It all clicked into place and seemed so right, that I finally relaxed and went to sleep.

When I woke, it was eight in the morning, on Christmas Eve. I had the day off. But Maggie had to work.

If that’s really where she is? She could easily be off with Nicholas.

My solution stood the light of day.

It’s the only way. She’ll be overwhelmed by my gift and will remember the love she once felt for me. We can restore our marriage, without my femininity standing in the way.

I called Georgette. She suggested I give everything I could, to charity. The rest of the morning was spent boxing things. The drop-off at Goodwill went without incident. I tossed three boxes of cosmetics, perfumes, and other items Goodwill wouldn’t take, in a dumpster, behind a hotel on the beltline.

When I got home -- I wrapped an empty box, with a note in it explaining to Maggie that I had turned a page in my life -- leaving Cherie behind.

Six hours later, we had completed all the little rituals that we always enjoyed on Christmas Eve, including eating oyster soup, which we both hated.

Our gift exchange always happened around nine -- when we simultaneously opened our presents, for each other.

I inattentively fumbled with the bow on the small package she had given me, while I watched her ripping the green foil paper from hers. I continued to take my time opening mine, watching her furtively, to see how she reacted.

Her eyes went back and forth across the note she had taken, from inside the box, reading my short message. Her face registered. . .shock.

She dropped the paper, to the floor. “What do you mean? What does that mean that ‘I’m leaving Cherie behind?’”

I tried my best to smile, even though the finality of what I had done was killing me. “I decided it was best to toss my clothes and things . . . and get on with my life.”

And save our marriage.

“I. . .? Why would you do that?” She shook her head.

Why? You make it sound like I had a choice. “Because I think it’s the best thing for us.”

She groaned. “For us? We’ve had a perfectly wonderful marriage and Cherie has been a big part of it. Why would you think throwing her out was good for . . . us?”

I bit my lip and fought to keep the tears from ruining the spirit of my gift. “Don’t you like your present?”

“I. . .. I. . .. I just don’t understand.” She got up and walked the two steps to where I was sitting and picked up the half-opened package I had unknowingly dropped.

“Open your present, please,” she said quietly. She handed it to me.

What can she possibly be thinking? We’re struggling to keep our heads above water, and she wants me to open a silly Christmas gift.

I couldn’t stop the tears that were pouring down my face.

She didn’t like my gift. It didn’t mean a thing to her.

That can only mean she’s already made up her mind, to leave me for Nicholas.

Her gift, like mine, was an empty box, with a piece of paper in it. On it, was a short message telling me that she had hired Nicholas to build a big closet for me in our bedroom, so Cherie’s clothes wouldn’t be so crushed.

Startled, I looked up at her. “But. . .you said you wanted me to move my things out of our bedroom, into our guest room.”

She laughed lightly. “I was just setting the stage, to surprise you even more with my gift. I’ve been working all that overtime, to set aside enough money, to pay for it. Your Cherie wardrobe was getting larger every day. You needed more room. Why would I ever expect you to keep your clothes anywhere -- but in our bedroom?”

My hands went to my mouth. “But. . .you said you didn’t like my perfume.”

“When. . .?” Her mouth hung open. “I never said. . ..”

I nodded. “Uh-huh. The other night you said I had to take it off, before I came to bed.”

“Ohhh.” She sat next to me on the couch. “I meant your Cashmere Mist is so sexy I wouldn’t have gotten any sleep, if you came to bed wearing it, because I would be all over you, until early in the morning.” She hugged me.

“But, you said I looked ‘unusual’,” I argued, happy to be hugged, but unwilling to be fooled again. “That doesn’t sound ‘sexy.’”

She giggled. “I’m pretty sure I said you looked ‘extraordinary.’ I suppose I should have said ‘ravishingly beautiful’ because that’s what I meant.”

I stared at her, dumbfounded.

“Remember,” she continued. “I said I wanted you to give me a little notice, if you were going to look like that. In the future, I want a fair chance, to look just as pretty for you.”

“Ohhhhhh. . ..”

“I’ve told you a thousand times that I love you,” she said softly.

“But. . ..”

“I love you. When you first told me about Cherie -- I was amazed at the courage it took for you to show me. Then I started to have fun with you when you were expressing your feminine side. It’s been a wonderful addition to our love and the fun we already had. That side of you is important to me. . .to us.”

“I’m an idiot,” I said slowly.

“No. . .. You’re my wonderful, wonderful Cherie. You’re so beautiful and loving that I can’t believe how lucky I am to have you. Christmas isn’t about giving someone something they need more than you do, it’s about giving the other person something you need more than they do. You thought I needed peace of mind and were willing to give up -- that which provides you the greatest release from the frustration of having been born in the wrong body. Your gesture is the sweetest gift anyone could ever give.”

I hugged her and smiled, knowing my worst fears had been totally unfounded. “I’ll have the world’s biggest empty closet.”

“Not for long, Cherie,” Maggie said. “We’ll fill it, before you know it. . .with things that make you look “extraordinary.”

The End

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I get to be the first to comment!

What can I say but that it's a wonderful story. Very much in the tradition of O. Henry(and Henrietta).

Strange how easily we find doubt and fear, and let it rule us.

Hopefully, Cherie has learned to not let others experiences overrule her own happiness.

Thanks for the wonderful story.

Sleep Deprivation

Hopefully Cherie's sleep deprivation is the main cause of her paranoia.

Thanks for your comment.

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Very skillful....

.... ticking all the boxes. A very enjoyable read.

Fleurie Fleurie


I Thought I'd Try

posting something a bit sweeter.

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

The "Gift" That Never Gets Old

This retelling of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" is just as sweet, devoted, and tear-making as the original.


(P.S. For anyone who's never read the original, you've no excuse now!)

That's the Online. . .

version I read to make sure I remembered the story correctly.

We forget sometimes the style of writing that was in vogue in O. Henry's time. Sometimes I rue the day we grew to be above that chatty, over the back fence conversation authors had with their readers back then.

I wonder of someone more skillful than me who writes for BC could take O. Henry's Last Leaf and rewrite it to a TG theme.

Thank you for commenting.

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Predictable. But

A title that telegraphs the ending.

And dammit, even though I could see it coming from a mile away, I STILL choked up. Which says something.

To be fair, how could you write a story like this and NOT pay homage to the original? So, you're forgiven :)

The biggest part of the parallels to O'Henry here is

Andrea Lena's picture

....the absolute love and devotion they have for each other. I loved this. thank you, dear heart.

She was born for all the wrong reasons but grew up for all the right ones.
Possa Dio riccamente vi benedica, tutto il mio amore, Andrea


To be alive is to be vulnerable. Madeleine L'Engle
Love, Andrea Lena

I love the older style of writing,

when it's appropriate to the subject matter. I've been reading John Steinbeck's "East of Eden". I'm struck not just by the beauty of the prose, but also how it changes as he describes the different eras in the book.

You did a very nice job with bringing some of O Henry's flavor into your delightful story.


Old Style

According to some things I've read, the old style of direct communication between the author and the reader went out around 1920. Like you, I miss it.

At the same time it became almost a rule to have a single character narrative. That is a change I applaude, because it allows the reader to engage with the narrator.

When I wrote An Affair of the Harte I definitely tried to ape Bret Harte's voice, but with this story I allowed the general theme to move me toward an O. Henry style of writing.

Thank you for commenting.

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Very nice.... A great variant on The Gift of the Magi

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Great job. I was actually toying with ideas for a TG version of The Gift of the Magi, before writing my own story in the November Challenge. My problem was I couldn't come up with the appropriate gifts to properly honor the story, Kudo's to you for doing so...

Oh what a sleepless night like that would be... and from a simple misunderstanding... But the love of these two people shines through.

Thanks for a very nice read!



I'm Told Professional Editors. . . .

. . .think the unspoken misunderstanding is an cliche. To me it's very realistic to what happens every day in relationships. Couples get tired (complacent) of the hard work of exchanging feelings and develop a dull, meaningless patter that is meant to be their dialogue.

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

The gift

littlerocksilver's picture

O'Henry's story always made me feel awful. I saw no point in it. Maybe it is because I am too materialistic; however, I will stand my ground. That story stunk. On the other hand, once the misunderstanding was resolved, this story has a happy ending and future. I will take this version over the other one every time.



Living in a Walmart World

O. Henry wrote in another time. His style of writing doesn't follow present day writng rules so his stories will make the reader feel uncomfortable. His general themes of love conquering all are everlasting.

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

You know, if I'd read this two years ago...

I'd have said that Maggie was too good to believe. Now, I know there are wonderful people, like her. It is a blessing to be married to such a person. There ARE people that are this loving! That's why the story rings so well.

I had wondered how you were going to do the hair/comb thing here, and couldn't figure out how it was going to happen, until you did the purge!

Thank you for sharing this.


Good for You

I'm married to a "Maggie" and find absolute happiness in doing the simplest things with her. However, like the character in the story I can easily be pitched into chaos if I sense she isn't totally happy. As I said in my last story. . .ther's a price to pay.

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Very cute

I haven't really been keeping up with the stories in the latest challenge, even though I wrote one myself, but all the comments on this one -- along with who wrote it -- led me to read it, and I'm happy I did. "The Gift of the Magi" is one of those stories that eventually gets parodied or played off of by almost any prolific author, but there's a very good reason for that; it's a wonderful theme, that never fails to show how much two people can care for one another at the same time as not always understanding how the other feels.

Very well done.

Melanie E.



'you're in trouble!!I have never been a fan of O.Henry but
I just loved your story.Talk about a 'comedy of errors'?
But love and understanding shone through and all was well.
May your pencil always be sharp and your mind the same.
Love and best wishes,Alison.


Not a Fan of Oh Henry?

Mmmmmmm. Just the thought of the fudge, peanuts, and chocolate makes my mouth water.

Thanks for commenting.

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

they even make those anymore?

laika's picture

Haven't noticed OH HENRY bars in the candy rack recently, but always thought it was a nice gesture, honoring Hank Aaron with his own variation on the Baby Ruth bar ........ Due to huge gaps in my education (after high school it was all poking around in the library) I'd never read the O. Henry story (and embarrassingly thought this author was from way, way back- maybe confusing him with Henry Fielding, who wrote a racy classic called I believe Englebert Humperdink...); so I read your story without any reference to the original, and loved it. Sublimely sappy & sentimental, knew it was all gonna be a big snafu & a lesson in the true spirit of Xmas; but hey I love stuff like that. I did go look up the original & found it just as tasty. Surprised Frank Capra didn't make a movie out of it ....... Now I've got Project Gutenberg + other online repositories of classic literature to supplant my library trips. Found the text of Thurber's WALTER MITTY when I was researching my t.g. take on it (tho' I didn't wind up using much of it, made my main character a lot stronger & in a more tolerable marraige), and also managed to find the screenplay of THE HUDSUCKER PROXY when researching a different story. Wish a lot more old stories were on Project Gutenberg, but I suppose we can't expect copyright holders to just give away a source of royalties. Still, the list of stuff available is slowly growing...
~~hugs, Laika

The parable

NoraAdrienne's picture

of the combs and the watch. She cut her long beautiful hair to buy him a watch chain. He sold his watch to buy her fancy combs for her hair.

Very good story

Very much an O. Henry

though with the added paranoia that society forces on us with its disapproval. When I came out to my wife she was supportive, but was never really comfortable with the whole thing. I knew that I would never transition this late in life, especially with my tall and awkward frame. Thankfully, I have found release inside myself, the place that is most important in the end. I weep for those among us who have yet to find peace.

Thankfully, my tears for this story are ones of joy.



Ahead of the Curve

terrynaut's picture

I guess I'm lucky. I've got a girlfriend that I fully intend to marry and she's extremely supportive of my femininity. Yay!

I like this story a lot. It is sweet and it got me crying a little. They were tears of happiness of course.

Thanks very much for the story.

- Terry

Lucky Terrynaut

Anyone who has found someone they're wanting to devote themself to in a relationship like marriage is lucky. Marriage is an act of compassion, which will return much happiness. I'm sure there are many of us who have wonderful spouses who understand us - maybe better than we do ourselves.

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

Angela Rasch (Jill M I)

I Must Have Been Asleep

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I'm stamping my not-so-little foot in pique, pouting and flouncing around because I nearly missed another Angela Rasch story. Where was my head? Thank our lucky stars for Random 5olos.

The premise of the story is clear, being a pastiche on O. Henry, but handled beautifully to exploit our TG preferences, Cherie's total misunderstanding of Maggie's intentions a mirror to "The Gift Of The Magi" and the imperfection of communication between people, even those so close to each other.

Another great little one, Jill,


brought a tear to my eye...

Great story! Captures the O. Henrietta theme perfectly. Now, if I can only stop crying(with happiness). Thanks for the lovely story...

Been there done that

Thrown all my Samantha things away. Only... to start again when life without her got intolerable.

Nice Story.

A very Christmas story

Patricia Marie Allen's picture

Shades of "The Gift of the Magi". Love the allegory.


Happiness is being all dressed up and HAVING some place to go.
Semper in femineo gerunt

Nice Word Play

Nice word play in the title.