Thursday, December 23, 2010

Perhaps there was a Father Christmas after all!

I will be honest, thought she kept reminding me, I had forgotten all about Danette's Christmas Story Blogfest. At the time I signed up, I was intending to re-post a rather morbid short story set over the Christmas holiday that I had written several years back. But when it came to actually doing so, I decided to go with a brand new drabble instead.

This is a work of fiction, which I hope reminds you of the true meaning of Christmas.
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She looked hungrily at the brightly lit stores. Savoured the aroma of the Christmas decorations. The foot-tapping music was making her ravenous. She wanted to feast on the Christmas spirit.

At seven, she already knew that festivals were only for those who could afford to celebrate. But maybe she could persuade her mother to braid her hair in that special way?

A car stopped and asked for directions. The driver thrust something into her hands before driving away.

A whole bar of chocolate!!! Perhaps there was a Father Christmas after all!

She ran off to share it with her friend.




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A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.
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13 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - What a lovely story!! I am always in awe of how you are able to create scenes and characters in so few words. I was really standing there with that little girl when she got the chocolate. And what a good reminder of how just a bit of kindness can make a big difference that we may not even be aware of.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Thanks so much for sharing this story! A little kindness really pays it ahead. :)

ladyfi said...

Wonderful story! I wish this would come true for all those kids around the world with next to nothing...

Tina said...

Nice. Although I would also love to read your morbid Christmas story! Please?

Holly Ruggiero said...

Wonderful. My favorite line: "She wanted to feast on the Christmas spirit."

Lydia K said...

You are so good at these drabbles! It's a lovely story!

LTM said...

omg! love love love!!! :o) It also reminded me of Charlie and the Chocolate factory... remember when he finds the money in the snow and uses it to buy... chocolate! :D

Merry Christmas, girl~ :o) <3

Jemi Fraser said...

What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

A heartwarming drabble, Rayna.

Jayne said...

This is a lovely drabble - thank you, and very warm wishes to you and yours for the festive season. :)

Jan Morrison said...

Great drabble!
I hope Father Christmas or whoever lives in your heart - visits you and your family with loads of fun!

dipali said...

Very very sweet!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot - thank you. I really loved writing this story.
And girls like that will always share with their friends- that's soemthing I can never get over.

@ Elizabeth - it does, doesn't it?

@ Fiona - wouldn't that be wonderful? My kids and I distributed chocolates over the New Year, and my mother does the same whenever she wants to celebrate.

@ Tina - I will mail it to you. Promise.

@ Holly - thank you.

@ Lydia - thank you so much.

@ Leigh - that was a lovely movie, wasn't it?

@ Jemi - thank you.

@ Patricia - thank you.

@ Jayne - thank you. Loved writing this.

@ Jan - Father Christmas is always in the heart of those who love him.

@ Dipali - thank you.

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