Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2020: Week #51

Thanks go to Roger Shipp who is our host for the Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner photoprompt. You can read more and join in here

I’ve had to tweak my story to fit in with the 200 word limit. Hope it doesn’t lose the humorous gist!

Photo ref MorgueFIle 2020 October file0002096044980

He wanted to be there when the guy in the red suit turned up.
He needed a job.
The mince pie, cookies and glass of sherry were in place.
A loud belch echoed down the chimney.
Next thing, the Big Guy was in the room reaching for his snack.
‘Ahem! Excuse me!!’ said the Elf before he could stop himself. ‘Aren’t you supposed to be delivering presents? And you look slightly sloshed. How many have you had? You could be done for drunk sleighing you know!’
Turning round with crumbs stuck in his beard, Santa looked at the indignant Elf chastising him.
‘OK, ‘ he said. ‘You got me. Got any coffee?’
‘Do I look like a carafe or coffee pot? No, I do not!’
With a twitch of his nose and another belch, the Elf turned into a single coffee server.
Pouring the hot liquid into the waiting cup, Santa sipped contentedly and dunked one of the cookies.
‘Next time,’ he said tapping the pot which returned to its former figure, ‘just stay on the shelf as you’re supposed to and keep quiet.’
With that he was gone, leaving a host of parcels under the tree, and one unemployed elf.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2020: Week #51

  1. Sadje says:

    This is good. πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

  2. Carol anne says:

    Lol! Very humourous! Loving the humour in this really made me chuckle! ❀

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Excellent πŸ’œ

  4. murisopsis says:

    Hehe! (or should I say hohoho!?)

  5. rogershipp says:

    Enjoyed. I often wondered if Santa ever got more than milk as his drink of choice?

    Permisson to ‘tweek it’ to the 300 hundred mark, if it is essential to your story. I understnad competely, and I sometimes break to rules. For this challege, there is not disqualification for a few words over.

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