The Reason For The Season – A 100 Word Story

storytime.pngYup, it’s flash fiction time again! As always, this is based around Laurence Simon’s weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. It’s a great exercise for writers – writing a good drabble is a lot harder than it appears, but is still a "small" task so you can get around that idea of it being too much work. And then you get a random (and often bizarre) writing prompt to shoehorn you out of writer’s block! Go read the rules for the Weekly Challenge and participate!

The player below should have the audio for this week; if it doesn’t, you can find the audio here to download. You can also read and hear the rest of the entries at the 100 Word Stories podcast site!

Night of the living candy eatersMy benefactor chortles from the shadows. "Your Trunk-and-Treat was very…sanitary, Pastor." His belly moves when he speaks.

I nod and mumble my thanks. "Thanks to you, it was a very Christian–"

He laughs and his belly jiggles. "I don’t care what you call it. Just so they forget what this holiday is really about. Forget the sacrifices. Forget what they were scared of."

Two short men – elves – grab my wrists, and I glimpse red cloth and white beard as my benefactor rises.

"And then they’ll forget my holiday, and milk and cookies will never, ever be enough."