The first freeze of the winter brought patches of treacherous ice.

Archie watched the school children sliding joyfully along.

Behind him, Agnes hummed Christmas songs as she hung baubles on the tree.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, tra-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.’

Archie imagined what he would do with the large icicle hanging from the tree in the garden.

Tickly tinsel was wrapped round his head.

‘That’s it, I’m going out.’ Archie threw on his jacket.

Agnes watched Archie storm up the path, slide on the ice and end up sprawled on the ground.

The school children pointed and laughed uncontrollably. As did Agnes.

Copyright Dale Rogerson

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Other short stories featuring Agnes and Archie can be read here: THE AGNES AND ARCHIE STORIES

79 responses to “FESTIVE CHEER”

  1. I don’t suppose that’s going to make him any less grumpy 🙂
    I was actually waiting for the “large icicle hanging from the tree” to deliver the coup de grace…

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  2. Wow, that’s bizare. I never read anyone else’s story before writing mine, so reading your fabulous story came as a bit of a shock! Maybe Agnes and Archie are in the same school as Charlie. Love your story 🙂

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  3. I’ve observed people falling on ice. The first thing they do is look around to see who might be watching. I guess that’s human nature. Let’s hope nothing was hurt but his ego.

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  4. I could just hear Agnes singing, feel the irritating tickle of icicles on Archie’s head, and I wondered . . . just what did he have in mind for that large icicle? So much story in only 100 words. Loved it!

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