Just Another Christmas Eve

Photo prompt courtesy Akshata Ram

It’s here finally, Christmas Eve.

The biggest day of the year for me, a time for rewards, and punishments.

I have been preparing for this day for the entire year, and I can’t wait to get started.

“Mrs. Claus,” I call out, “where’s the red suit?”

“On the bed, darling,” she replies, “all ironed and ready.”

I take my time changing, haste makes waste, after all.

She’s here by then, all ready to see me off to work.

She kisses me goodbye, and as I turn to leave, she asks, “Aren’t you forgetting something?”

I look back inside the room, and notice my mistake immediately. I pick up the tiny Santa from the bed and pocket it.

“What would I ever do without you, sweetheart?” I say lovingly.

She replies coquettishly, “Definitely not come up with a grand plan of shrinking the real Santa and taking his place, to get easy access to the richest homes in the world, my love! And do remember to dispose off that ‘toy’ in your pocket on the way!”


175 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy and Joe. The challenge is to write a story in 175 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt. For more information visit HERE. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


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At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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21 Responses to Just Another Christmas Eve

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    How cruel! How could they?! 🙂

  2. michael1148humphris says:

    I can’t click the like button, how dare they…. But a fine use of the prompt

  3. Ooo..brilliant twist!! 😀 🙂

  4. James Pyles says:

    Wow! That took a turn for the worse.

  5. Violet Lentz says:

    Oh!! That was wonderful!! My kind of Christmas story…

  6. Abhijit Ray says:

    Rewards is understandable. What are the punishments?

  7. What a letdown! He isn’t Santa, he is a thief! Great story!

  8. ttay213 says:

    That took an unexpected turn. I wonder what type of magic he has to have to shrink the real Santa. Are they a family that is used to the life of crime?

  9. Ellespeth says:

    Am I to believe that she intends for poor shrunken Santa to be disposed of – as in killed? Oh say it isn’t true. Rudolph won’t like this…

    Joy to you A ~

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