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.

My new novel, ‘A Justified State,’ is now available in Paperback and on Amazon Kindle – An ideal Christmas gift!
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27 responses to “TABLOID INTRUSION”

  1. 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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