ALL GONE

They haven’t gone, the Christmas Angels.
They’re hiding from me.
Waiting. In the shadows.
Ready to step out into the twinkling lights.
Reflecting in the dirty puddles.
Shimmering and blurred.
Walking along the empty streets.
The closed shops, the dead cafés.
An open door.
Please sir, can you help me?
An inviting arm around my shoulder.
The warmth of the hallway.
Shut out the cold Eve.
His smiling face. My saviour.
A hot drink? Yes, please.
Christmas tree. Roaring fire. Twinkling lights.
Reflecting in the shiny blade.
I am your Christmas saviour, he says.
All gone. They are all gone.


Copyright Trish Nankivell

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all. It’s been quite a year. Thank you as always to everyone who has stopped by, left comments and ‘likes’, taken an interest in my blog writing and especially those who have continued to take an interest in my novels. It is appreciated more than you can know! Stay safe everyone, and let’s all hope for the best in 2021. Iain.


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51 thoughts on “ALL GONE

  1. Not perhaps the saviour he’d been hoping for, but looks like his suffering will soon be over. A sobering story that not all is what it may appear to be. Well done, Merry Christmas.

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  2. I love how replacing shiny blade with almost any reflective surface (mirror, his eyes…) can totally change the story. Excellent. Happy holidays

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      1. Or make it ambiguous… e.g. Hourglass. This idea can almost be turned into a writing prompt… Write a piece where changing one word changes the story

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  3. This year has twisted a lot of us and left a lot in dire straits. Sounds like this saviour has gone over the deep end. Covid incarnate 😦 May we all wake up from this bad dream in 2021.

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  4. His hopes of rescue from the bleakness were dashed. Sounds like the year 2020. Well written as always! I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and that 2021 looks a lot different to this one.

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  5. Merry Christmas! I always enjoy reading your blog every week, especially so. Always a good story. Really like the depth of this poem, to0. It speaks much deeper of the reality this year. Happy new year, too, while I’m at it. ~ Shalom, Bear

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  6. “Reflecting in the shiny blade.” Definitely chilling, takes the warmth out of those twinkling lights. Love your writing. Hope you had a wonderful holiday season Iain, and it was especially twinkly in a year that has gone awry.

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  7. I enjoyed the hope that lingers between the lines here. That they’re gone, but not really.

    I hope your New Year is going well. I only read and reviewed 23 books last year, but my goal for this year is 30. My other goals are to publish another fiction book in 2021, do the Blogging from A to Z Challenge in April, and increase the number of authors helped by Operation Awesome.

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    1. Lovely to hear from you! Good luck with your new year goals. If you’re struggling to find a book to review, I humbly offer my own novels!
      I’m hoping to have another book out at some point this year too, and do the A to Z as I’ve missed out in the last couple of years.
      If I was to read and review one of your books, which one do you recommend I should start with?

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