Monday 25 November 2013

First of the Month Fiction - Christmas edition

Seriously, where did the year go?? Last month of the year!

 I have 2 stories this month - one inspired by the Thought of the Day from Me, at My Journey:Are we there yet? She sent this "Every time you are tempted to react to the same old circumstances in the same old way, ask yourself, “Do I want to be a prisoner of the past, or a pioneer of the future?"
I thought of a victim of domestic violence finally leaving her relationship, but that was too hard to cut down to 100 words (I will come back to that idea for a longer story), so it evolved, less satisfactorily into this:

It had been coming for a long time. She looked up and he was fawning over the blonde again. Always the blondes. She wasn’t interested in this Christmas party and she knew it was time to leave. Leave the party, leave the marriage.

A waiter approached.

“I’ve been watching you. You look very sad. I see the ring but I have to say this. I clock off at 10. Do you want to go for a drink somewhere?”

Suddenly she knew that things could be different. She didn’t need to always feel this way. With a smile, she said “Yes.”

 I've also written a second one, because it is Christmas and a time to celebrate with those you love:

Santa always grew a little lonely this time of year. He was busy and stressed. He knew it all came down to this one night – and he had to get it right. There was sometimes an emptiness to his existence.

Later, as he finally dropped into bed, dawn breaking Christmas morning, he noticed a small box beside his pillow, wrapped beautifully and adorned with holly. He glanced over at his sleeping wife and smiled. Everyone else just liked him for what he could give them, but she, and only she, truly loved him for himself. Warts and all, for eternity.

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  1. Both excellent stories, Lydia. The first left me wanting more and the second was just such a cute idea. You should write more on both of them. The second could make a good kids' story.

  2. Awww, poor Santa. Cute story! And yes I wanted more of the first one, too! x Aroha ( #teamIBOT was here)

  3. I love the Santa one (the other one annoys me cause it leaves me hanging). Santa needs to be loved and paid attention to just like everyone else and Mrs Claus is the one to do it. Made me smile :)

  4. It's good to know that the TFTD is useful to people who are receiving it !!!!
    I'm not sure how you can think what it evolved into was anything less satisfactory - it left me wanting more - isn't that what you want for your readers - so that they will buy the next book ?????
    YAY for Mrs Claus - everyone needs someone to look after them - even our imaginary friends.
    Have the best day !

  5. Ahh Santa, so nice to have a wife make a fuss of their husbands! And poor women, I bet there are lots of people such as her out there wishing they could escape their sad marriage :( Great pieces x

  6. Wow the first one could definitely be extended into something more! Love the cliffhanger.

  7. Oh poor Santa! Both are awesome ideas Lydia. I would read more :)