FOR THE GOOD OF YOUR ELF

‘It’s November!’

‘To the Elf Mobile!’

Reginald couldn’t share the enthusiasm of his co-workers. After months of hard toil in the workshop, ‘the season’ was upon them, all building towards ‘the big night’. It was too much for him. And it seemed to come around quicker every year. He just wanted to have a good long nap.

The Halloween Imps had it easy. Short build up, over in one night, only sweets and a bit of dressing up required.

Then he’d seen the job advert: ‘Halloween 2023 – Positions Available – Competitive Terms’.

While the others jumped around in excitement, he quietly took the keys to the Elf Mobile and slipped away.

Copyright Brenda Cox

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).

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42 responses to “FOR THE GOOD OF YOUR ELF”

  1. I’m not sure Reg checked the pay clauses. Fun story, Iain

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    1. Thanks Neil, he may not be impressed with the T&Cs for Halloween.

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  2. Dear Iain,

    Those elves do have to get an early start, don’t they? Cute story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. Halloween elves. Interesting concept. Halloween Imps may be more to the point 🙂

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  4. As our family’s Halloween Imp, Birthday Fairy and Christmas Elf, I can honestly say the job is never done. And the salary is not commensurate. I hope Reg finds other rewards though.

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    1. Haha, yes, this could be seen as a metaphor for some real life experience!

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  5. That car also struck me as too green to be true and I also had a bit of creative fun with it. I wonder if your elf had any ethical concerns about switching from Christmas to Halloween? It seems not. Then again, perhaps Santa shouldn’t overwork his elves.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. Thanks Rowena. Definitely some ethical issues around the employment of elves at Christmas!

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  6. Labor shortages are everywhere, why not follow the incentives. Fun and creative elf story, Iain.

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  7. Are they still hiring ? 🙂
    One can sleep in peace once it’s over!

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    1. Sleep from exhaustion! Thanks Anita

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  8. Loved it. Lol, even in the magic world employment is hard.

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    1. Finding the right job is hard whoever you are 🙂

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  9. Everything ‘annual’ comes around quicker each year, especially birthdays! Excellent title by the way!

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    1. Thanks Keith, glad you appreciated it 🙂

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  10. Elf mobile? I was thinking more of lepracauns!

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    1. The colour could suit either 🙂

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  11. Christmas can be stressful, especially for the elves. I hope Reginald can find a job with a lighter workload. Smart elf! Cute story, Iain. 🙂

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  12. even elves deserve a break too. enjoyed this story. 🙂

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  13. Great tale made me smile 🙂

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  14. Everything is better for Halloween. Better unions, less work, no raindeer crap to clean up, much better colors, far less religion (but some), and awesome costumes. Reginald has joined the great resignation (is that just a USA thing?).

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    1. Not sure about the great resignation, but I think Reg has it right – plus he can put his feet up and have a nice quiet festive season.

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  15. Oh! I really enjoyed this one 🙂

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  16. Ha! Love the idea of the elf career swap. Very cool.
    “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.” —Joss Whedon

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Reference& Speculative Fiction Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  17. Reggie is an elf made man. Looks like we both thought of using ‘elf mobile’ this week. Nicely done.

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  18. Hahaha elf mobile. I love it. Poor things though, what a life. And the pressure!

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    1. Yeah, hell of a deadline to work to! 🙂

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