Merry Christmas – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
Today’s delightful photo by Sarah Potter helps me to forget the carnage of last week here on FF.
My beautiful Muse advises me to write something uplifting, and I can refuse her nothing.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.

© Sarah Potter

© Sarah Potter

Click here to hear me read this 1-minute story (with Eros providing background music at the end!):
Merry Christmas

The little town is pretty in the snow.
This is a nice neighbourhood, full of young families.
I love the happy lights, savour the strains of joyous music from the homes opposite.
I look at her laughing face, and my heart is full.
But the cold is beginning to bite.
I curl up in the doorway, huddle under my newspapers.
My fingers, poking through the holes in my gloves, hold her photograph inches from my eyes.
Each time the lights flash, I see her again, as radiant, as lovely as ever.
I will die with a smile on my lips.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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104 Responses to Merry Christmas – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dahlia says:

    I thought this was beautifully done.

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  2. Indira says:

    Lovely but sad story. He still has something to uplift his soul. Nice one.

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  3. I wonder who she is that gives him comfort.

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  4. So what if the body is cold when the heart is happy. We all live in a hallucinatory world anyway.

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  5. mandibelle16 says:

    Such a sad one CE. He’s freezing to death. However, the fact that he’ll see her soon that’s comfort. That he has her image with him as he dies. I wish he had somewhere warm to go, anywhere. She wouldn’t have wanted this for him if she loved him. It’s such a sad reality though too many homeless people out in the cold of winter. Hugs CE. Maybe time for a murder tale next, they’re more sprightly, at least for the guy doing the killing lol.

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    • ceayr says:

      I will see what I can do for you, Amanda.
      And yes, you are right of course, our society is failing far too many people, and our governments don’t care.
      I know this is the case in the UK, France and most of western Europe, and from what I have seen, in the USA and Canada too.
      Hugs

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      • mandibelle16 says:

        Hi CE. Sadly so everywhere. Hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂 Hugs

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        • ceayr says:

          Great weekend, Scotland won at rugby again!

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          • mandibelle16 says:

            Oh nice that’s always a good thing. I saw on the news yesterday that the Rugby team from Toronto, ON in Canada is going to be playing in a European Rugby league. They have investors willing to help pay for the flights of European teams to play in Toronto. It will be interesting to see how they do. They play one month in Europe and one month at home. I don’t cheer for Toronto teams out of principle but if they’re the only Canadian team I think I would 🙂 Hopefully they don’t get slaughtered lol.

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  6. How sad! Wish he could be with her. Loved the way you have weaved this story.

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  7. subroto says:

    Reminds of that old classic ‘The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen. Nicely done.

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  8. I recently found a young man sleeping on a bench, on a very cold night. I went home, found some coats, hats, etc and called the shelter to see if there was room. I went back and offered to take him there, but he refused. He took the coat and hat, however, and I left knowing that I’d done all I could. You really bring to life that my sense that each “nameless soul” we see out on the street, has a love, a history, a story that we miss, as we walk by and try not to make eye contact. And oh, the way you read… lovely.

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  9. Vaidehi Soni says:

    Loved the story. Uplifting? Not for me. I did feel bad for your character. I wish he could meet that girl. 🙂

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  10. handmadejewelryhaven says:

    That’s your happy story??
    I only needed tissues for this…hate to think what I will need when you write something sad! 😉
    – Lisa

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  11. wmqcolby says:

    Very sad and sweet, C.E. Nice, nice work! Love it!

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  12. You fooled me there for a moment. What a tragic and sad twist at the end, sadly it’s reality. We have money for walls and guns, but not enough to take care of the ones in need.

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  13. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    I am another voice joining the choir singing praises for this story. I was lulled into a beautiful winter scene until your tragic reveal.

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  14. There is a real sense of resignation and inevitability in your words. Brilliant.

    Click for my Friday Fiction

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  15. HonieBriggs says:

    Technically speaking, this is superb. Emotionally speaking, yeah, pass the Kleenex. ~Swoon~ Seriously, I could hear your cadence in my head as I wrote my own interpretation of the prompt. Call me hooked. Your straight forward narrative style is remarkable.

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  16. My eyes are so clouded with tears, I having difficulty seeing what I’m typing. Despite his dire situation, he can still see the beauty in things. This really guts me. I want someone to notice him and rescue him before it’s too late. Bittersweet is definitely the right word to apply to this.

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  17. liz young says:

    Tragedy beautifully portrayed.

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  18. This is so moving! Love it.

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  19. Very sad but still very beautifully written. You seem to be a master at writing understated tragedies, Ceayr..

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  20. trentpmcd says:

    Very sad, but nicely done.

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  21. Rommy says:

    Oh, this is a heart breaker. In our last moments, may we all have the memory of someone we love to comfort us.

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  22. This reminds me of the The little Matchstick Girl… on of the saddest stories I know… http://www.online-literature.com/hans_christian_andersen/981/

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  23. jellico84 says:

    Oh, but I hated to like that one. It’s a great story, just so sad.

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  24. emmylgant says:

    Cheerful as ever C.E!
    Well written and told. It is all in the details, and you do it with subtlety.

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  25. Lynn Love says:

    At once beautiful and tragic, C. A modern day Little Match Girl for grown ups. Pitch perfect and gorgeous in its heartbreak.

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  26. Dale says:

    Carnage? I don’t know what you are talking about…
    This was a beautifully tragically written story. You do this so well, mon ami…

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  27. Oh my! After reading yours, I think I should go back and change my story. Our minds seemed to have worked in unison this week. And how can I compete with that sultry voice of yours? 🙂

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  28. James says:

    Reminds me that I am so done with winter.

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  29. Bittersweet, but lovely. The sweetness is in the memories–there is always happiness to be found, if we hold on to the memories. But loss is always so bitter.

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  30. Iain Kelly says:

    Uplifting – well no one was murdered this week, or were they? Nice writing.

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  31. Bittersweet, maybe. Uplifting. Not. But your character has our sympathy, and that’s what counts, right?

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  32. Dear CE,

    My that was certainly uplifting. 😉 Reminds me of The Little Match Girl. ❤ At any rate, very well written, as always…and that in and of itself is uplifting.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  33. Moving piece! I love how his situation is revealed slowly… With a tragic yet sweet ending.

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  34. What an uplifting story! Next time try something darker. 😀
    What a sad way to perish, so heartbreaking.

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  35. neilmacdon says:

    Uplifting? Go on, try for mawkish sentimentality next time. But seriously, mate, it’s a great story

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