Well, it didn’t look much – a cuddly toy, a small chocolate each, a few sweets. It would have to do. He hoped they would understand.

He collected them all and put them in the Santa sack.

He left the newspaper lying open on the bed. His own face stared up at him from the page, caught in the glare of the flashbulb. They always managed to find him, to hound him. This time he thought he’d shaken them for good.

He left the sack under the tree for them to find in the morning.

He looked upstairs one last time as he opened the front door and then he was gone.

Before dawn, two excited children hurtled down the stairs.

They found their Mum sitting by the tree, a crunched up newspaper in her hands, her eyes wet with tears.

She hugged them and wished them a Merry Christmas.

‘Where’s Dad?’ they asked.

‘Gone,’ was all she said.

They saw his picture, crumpled up in the newspaper, below the headline:


Copyright Akshata Ram

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.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Great New Year to all, especially those who have read, liked and commented on my blog throughout the year, and have provided me with endless stories to enjoy in return. And a special mention to all those who have taken the time to buy and read my novel – thank you so much, it means so much to me. Here’s to the next year of blogging fun! Iain.

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27 responses to “TABLOID INTRUSION”

  1. Nice one. Just posted mine.

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  2. michael1148humphris Avatar

    Of course it is, Seasonal greetings to you Iain.

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    1. I like to think so 🙂


  3. Yes, he is the real Santa! That is what I want to believe anyway. I am partially back. Still have lots of problems with my stomach and digestive tract. Hopefully, soon, I will be back 100%. I’m tired of being sick. Great story, Iain!

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    1. Lovely to hear from you PJ, and to hear you are recovering. Hope you are able to have a good holiday season, Best wishes 🙂


      1. Thank you so much Iain, I really appreciate that!

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  4. Awww, of course he is. I took a similar, yet different route 🙂

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    1. It’s nice to believe 🙂

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  5. Another mystery. Ho, ho, ho.

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  6. Oh I had a much more sinister idea of why they were hunting him…. Nice write Iain..

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    1. Ha, I’m sure you did 😉


      1. You’re welcome, Iain. 🙂

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  7. Nice story. Despite being hunted, dad did his part in Christmas.

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    1. Santa can’t let the kids down 😉


  8. Your story speaks the truth- Santa Claus is actually your parents in disguise!

    Nice read!

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    1. Or your parent is actually Santa Claus in disguise…


  9. Left with a sad feeling.

    Nonetheless, Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks Ellespeth, important to remember those not having such a great time over the holidays as well. Hope yours is a happy one 🙂


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