Sunday, November 11, 2012

For A Cold Day

Okay, I'm really late for Friday Fictioneers (so here's my Weekend Writer) offering. As always, we're challenged to write a 100-word story (or haiku) based on a photo prompt. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for this week's beautiful photo. Since I'm so late, I wrote a haiku and a flash fiction piece. Enjoy and please leave links to your stories in the comment section.

SOUP DAY
By Beth Carter

Think I’ll stay inside.
Pinging, lacy crystals form.
Soup sounds best to me.



THAT ISN’T SANTA
By Beth Carter

Six-year-old Dennis pressed his nose against the cold window. Ice pinged against the glass and lacy water froze on the pane. He stared into the dark sky and squinted, rubbing at the crystals to no avail.

“It’s time for bed, honey. Hurry or you’ll miss Santa.”

“But, Mom…”

Emma rubbed Dennis’ new buzz cut, then warmed her hands inside her red, fluffy robe.

“You know Santa won’t come until you’re in bed.”

“But.”

Emma pointed. “Look. I see him. He’s almost here.”

Dennis glanced back out the window and frowned at his mother.

“Since when does Santa drive a car?”

18 comments:

  1. Smart boy. Dennis is no fool. Cute story, Beth. Glad you joined in. I hope to see you next week at OWL.

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle. I'll be at OWL. See you then!

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  2. Oh no, to learn the truth at six....

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    1. He still thinks Santa should be in his sled and not in a car. No worries.

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  3. Oh, this made me laugh. We try and try, but kids are not dummies. Great job, Beth.

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    1. Kids are pretty perceptive. They like to believe, though, and so do we! Loved your story, Shirley, and I hadn't even noticed the headlights until I read your story so thank you very much!

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  4. Made me laugh, too. I like the haiku as well. I'm "janet' in the links.

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    1. Thanks, Janet. Glad I made you laugh. I'll look for your story soon.

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  5. Hi Beth - Fun story. Made me chuckle. I see you're still with Blogspot as well, although I'm switching to Wordpress soon. Lora

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    1. Thanks, Lora. I'll check out yours. Yes, still with Blogspot. I have a new phone and other new tech stuff so my mind can't handle a switch to Wordpress right now! Good luck.

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  6. Hi Beth,
    It's probably a Hummer to get to all those difficult places. Thanks for reading and commenting on my story. I can see you're already in the spirit, so Merry Christmas! Ron

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    1. Yes, a Hummer would also hold lots of presents! I am already buying gifts (and considering wrapping soon so I can get into my closet!) But I call the holiday "Stressmas" because we have five birthdays in November and had five in October so it's always out of control.


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    2. A real 'feel good' offering Beth. 'Lacy water' - a great phrase to remember in this connection.

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  7. good one, did you tell him it was a chevro-sleigh ?

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    1. I was hoping for the BMW sleigh! Thanks.

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  8. That's great! I enjoy winter weather stuff, but that Santa thing sounds SO familiar in real life, you know? :D Very nice work!

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    1. Thank you. I remember saying all those buts and hearing them from my daughter years ago. Kids never want to sleep on Christmas Eve, do they?!

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