A flash of fiction …

for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge




Everyone assumes he’s a jolly chap with an outgoing personality. Well, he is for a couple of weeks a year, but he’s actually a private person who leads a quiet life in a remote little cottage with just a few pets for company. When going out, he tries his best to disguise himself, but I know who he is!

Sadly, his precious wife Nora passed away a while back. Every year, early in December he makes his way to the churchyard clutching a bouquet and his guitar. He kneels beside her grave, neatly arranges the flowers. then strums a few chords and quietly sings ‘It’ll be a blue Christmas without you’.

He stands, kisses his hand and gently strokes the words on the gravestone, ‘Nora, beloved wife of Nick’. 

Then he walks home with a spring in his step, soon to emerge looking resplendent in his red cloak and hat.  He gives his sleigh a polish and grooms his reindeer ready to set off around the world to deliver joy and happiness to children big and small! 

Thank you Santa!


Picture by artbyrandy at Morguefile.

28 thoughts on “A flash of fiction …

  1. Dora Jan 11, 2021 / 18:36

    Enchanting, Keith. Absolutely goes with the sweet-natured Santa we all love. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Fandango Jan 11, 2021 / 19:05

    Nice job, Keith. I was wondering if anyone was going to draw a Santa connection. You did it so well!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Marja Jan 11, 2021 / 19:22

    Wow, touching, charming, beautiful and I didn’t see that end coming. Fantastic

    Liked by 1 person

  4. relaxitsallwrite Jan 11, 2021 / 21:04

    So so good, Keith. Very heartwarming, and I LOVE the tie to Santa. Your creativity never ceases to amaze

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Olga Brajnović Jan 11, 2021 / 22:09

    Superb twist to connect the man in black with Santa and the joy of Christmas Night. I love your story. Well done.

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