Outside, the boisterous New Year’s Eve crowd follows the second hand of the village clock.

Ten, nine, eight …” the countdown begins.

Inside, Marc wipes Laia’s brow with a cool cloth. “You’re doing great, love. Just breathe.”

“Open the window,” Laia begs. Marc obeys. Laia breathes in rhythm with the counting.

… five, four, three …

“Push!” says the midwife.

“...two, one!” The clock strikes twelve, fireworks explode, bells peal, a cry splits the night.

Marc’s ecstatic, Laia’s tired but triumphant.

“A girl!” Marc yells out the window.

The crowd yells back, “Bon dia, Nova! “

Marc bows, Laia nods. “Nova she shall be.”

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8 months ago

An entire village participates in a birthing – what a lovely idea! The reader is right there with the midwife and the new parents in this down to earth tale of a new year and a new life. A joyful take on the midnight theme.

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
9 months ago

I’ve been waiting for a New Year’s story!

This was lovely Fuji, wonderfully written and just a joy to read!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
9 months ago

Wow! A blessed and lucky new year for Marc and Laia, who gave birth to their daughter on the first second of the new year. I was carried away by all the events in your story, my heart also jumped with joy. Well done.

Allan Neil
Allan Neil(@allan-neil)
9 months ago

Joy abounds! A New Year, a new life and, I guess, a new father and mother. At least I hope so. Well done, Fuji. Happiness is currently in pretty short supply and your dose of it will brighten all who read it.

Preston Randall
Preston Randall(@preston-randall)
9 months ago

A wonderful story full of hope, Fuji! Just what we need right now.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
9 months ago

I enjoyed all the noise, chaos and joy in this story Fuji. Well done!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
9 months ago

Such an uplifting story, Fuji. You describe the scene so well that I could actually taste the atmosphere surrounding the birth and share in the parent’s joy. A lovely read.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
9 months ago

Wow! What a lovely story, Fuji. It’s a story to start the year with.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
9 months ago

I love the combination of the birth of the new year and the birth of the girl, Fuji. Your story is very well paced and captivating. Is it based on a true event? Are Nova or her parents historical persons?

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