She'd put months of work into creating her gifts, lovingly handcrafting dolls in the image of the recipient. She had selected action figures and dolls that came close in resemblance and set to work modifying them. Dyeing their hair, changing their eyes, making sure the clothing and accessories were just right.
It had taken ages to get the arms on Charlie's doll perfect and the knots for Nancy's neck piece were a worry until she'd borrowed a book on basic seamanship from the library. Richard's boots required some creative thinking. But the jewellery she added to Clara's doll was her favourite finishing touch.
Scooping the packages up, Susan put them in a box by the door and turned back to the table to clean up. She rewound the wire, put away the glue, scissors and knives, gathered up the scraps of fabric and carefully swept the remains of razor wire into the bin.
When her gifts were opened, she had to wonder if they would be appreciated in the way she had intended, as a promise still to be kept.
15minuteficlets — word #86: giving