Thursday, December 21, 2006


Ho! Ho! Ho!

The visitor took the brightly wrapped gifts from his smoking sack, arranging them at the base of the tree.

He looked around. The children, no doubt, were cowering beneath their bedsheets.

On the mantel, cookies sat next to a glass of milk. He ate them, dumping the milk in the sink. A quick search through the liquor cabinet revealed a bottle of single malt; he drained half at one gulp.

He vanished up the chimney, trailing a faint pong of brimstone.

It was a one-time gig thanks to an unfilled straight, but they’d remember Satan Claus’s visit.

[Submitted as my entry for Weekly Challenge #36 at the 100 Word Stories Podcast, of course!]

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