A flash of fiction …

for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge

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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!

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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. 🙂

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  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!

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  3. Marja Jan 11, 2021 / 19:22

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

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  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

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  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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