Agnes loves Christmas.

As soon as they finish forking out a small mountain of sweets to the trick-or-treaters at Halloween, Agnes starts her Christmas build-up.

It starts small. A few ‘extra’ items in the supermarket shop: a decoration here; a little snack food there. Then wrapping paper, cards, presents.

Before November is out, Archie is sent to the loft to fetch the decorations.

The tree and lights will go up on the first of December, but they must have snow to accompany them. This year, there’s a problem.

‘It’s global warming,’ Agnes huffs, ‘it ruins everything.’

So here Archie is, spraying his front lawn with fake snow, while the neighbours look on with glee at his travails.

Agnes comes downstairs the next morning to find Archie still sitting at the breakfast table.

‘Why haven’t you left for work?’ she asks, concern for her quiet day of Christmas decorating growing.

‘Can’t,’ says Archie. ‘Car’s snowed in.’

And he takes a long sip from his morning coffee and settles down by the warm fire.

Copyright Yinglan

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story or poem in around 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge hosts Priceless Joy and Joe. For more information visit HERE.

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You can read more stories featuring Agnes and Archie here: THE AGNES AND ARCHIE STORIES.

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29 responses to “FIRST SNOW”

    1. I do love a snow day! 🙂

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      1. I wish we had one in San Diego. We need Archie’s fake snow here!!

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      2. By the way, thank you for your very kind review of my book on Amazon, very much appreciated:-)

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      3. Oh you are very welcome, Iain. I enjoyed your book a great deal. Hoping it is going good. 😊

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  1. That’ll teach her! Funny Iain 🙂

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  2. love your story. And thanks for the link to the writing challenge.

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    1. Thank you and you’re welcome. Do take part if you want, the more the merrier! 🙂


  3. There is no snow where I live, and we manage with cotton for the decorations 🙂

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    1. We could do with a little less of it sometimes!

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  4. Oh I loved this Iain, it was so funny!
    Reminds me of one Christmas Day when we were awake early and there was snow outside. We quickly got dressed and rushed out to make a snowman, scraping snow off the cars to complete. We left ‘Eric’ on the doorstep and went back to bed. When we woke up, the snow had all gone, but Eric stood proud and clean in front of our door. The neighbours thought it was a windup, and nobody believed us that there had in fact been snow on Christmas morning. Eric would still have been there at New Year if it hadn’t rained. Happy memories.

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    1. Haha, what a wonderful memory – I can imagine the confusion of finding a snowman on your doorstep and no snow about! That’s Christmas magic 😉

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      1. It was indeed! And Eric stood about a foot tall!

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  5. Nicely done, Iain. We have a few Agneses round here – I’ve spotted one tree up already! Love Archie’s response

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    1. Thanks Lynn, yes we have a couple of houses covered in flashing lights already. It does brighten up the dark evenings to be fair! 🙂

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      1. I kind of like seeing them, though always shake my head and tut-tut! December is plenty early enough and my other half would wait till Christmas Eve to put the tree up is he had the choice. As you say, brightens the dismal evenings


  6. Love will often send a husband or wife out on seemingly crazy endeavors.

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    1. It certainly will! Thanks Joe

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  7. Hahahaha! XD
    This was a fun read!
    No snow in my city, so I guess I’ll need a machine like Archie’s! 😉

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  8. michael1148humphris Avatar

    Archie is a sharp one. I reckon that he will give you a few more tall tales to tell us.


  9. Archie has found a good reason to stay away from work. Anyway he does most of the things out here. Agnes cannot win all the time.

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    1. Agnes likes to win all the time, but every so often Archie manages to get one over on her!


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