Christmas Cheer – Sunday Photo Fiction

AnElephantCant hide his excitement and confusion
He looks forward but he also reminisces
He knows Santa will come
Even though he doesn’t have a lum*
So he wishes both his readers a very Merry Christmas

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (c. 150 words) based on a photo prompt (below) provided by Alastair.
Follow the link to see a pile of presents produced by seasonal scribes from Lapland to Lesmahagow.
But please read AnElephant’s decorative drivel first.
* Oh, lum is the Scots word for chimney

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

Christmas Cheer

The text arrives just as he is leaving for his daily walk, his thinking time.
Feeling grim, it says, loaded with cold.
Not sure I am fit to even put up the decorations.
He sighs.
He is very susceptible to germs.
He cannot stand invalids.
He particularly dislikes runny noses and croaky throats.
And he is totally clueless with all this Christmas stuff.
Just cannot be bothered decorating trees, hanging baubles and bells and chains and things.
Fairies and angels, really?
And mistletoe, when she is all grotty like that?
No way!
But, he thinks, she doesn’t know I’ve seen this.
He can just ignore it and go.
By the time he returns and  contacts her she will have it done.
Then she is not his problem.
He won’t have to make chicken soup and pretend to be caring.
He thinks about her nose, blocked and red, her eyes, heavy and rheumy, her cough, rasping, painful.
Sniffles, sneezes and snotters.
All disgusting.
He replies.
On my way, baby.

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13 Responses to Christmas Cheer – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. nightlake says:

    so practical and well written..but making chicken soup and pretend to be can’t help feeling that he is kind of uncaring.


  2. J. Milburn says:

    Great story on how love isn’t all grand gestures or other Hallmark movie tripe! It really is similar to this, doing the things we don’t really want to. Great work!


  3. Al says:

    Love this. So many people feel like this, but will fight past it for the love


  4. Anja says:

    I think I would like to text her and let him know his thoughts before helping her. Now I worry…is he going over to help her or help end her? No…it’s Christmas, AnElephant is far to caring to do that. 🙂


  5. I know that feeling, that temptation to ignore someone in need, but then going anyway. Very well written, sir.


  6. Very convincing Sir Elephant..well done good sir. Christmas stuff you say, all humbug??


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