Thank you to Chadwick Ginther (author of Thunder Road) for this fantastic and Sanguine Christmas Story…. This Santa has Claws
A few years ago, I extended a challenge to my writing group for our December meeting: write a 500 word Christmas-themed fantasy story. That meeting was mostly going to be a potluck anyway, so we agreed to read the stories aloud rather than critiquing them. Most of us played along, and it was a lot of fun (if you like stories about Christmas slashers and wishes gone wrong–apparently we had some issues with The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.).
So here is my contribution, which remains the first (and only) piece of flash fiction that I’ve written:
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Nicholas stepped nimbly over the coals, still smoldering, within the fireplace. He had years of practice, and nary an ash clung to his polished, gleaming black boot.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall. He smiled at the old joke. Practice.
But in all those years…
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