This story is the first of a five-part series of 200-word stories for BlogFestivus, A Christmas Carol. Check out the links (at the bottom of this post) to all the participating “ghost” writers for this year’s challenge. I suspect you’re in for some dark, yet jolly, days ahead. -BD
Old Weezer Ebenezer
by Tom B. Taker
Ebenezer Scrooge, perched in his private box overlooking the pavilion, permitted himself the luxury of the barest ghost of a smile. It was as cold as the dickens but there was nothing quite like being filled with the Christmas spirit to keep the chill at bay. A wee nip in the flask didn’t hurt, either.
His eyes twinkled like Old Saint Nick himself as they caught a jerk of movement from the foreman. ‘Twas the signal that the preparations were complete. His crooked nose twitched involuntarily.
With all the dignity his aged body could summon, he slowly stood and shuffled to the podium. He nodded and the foreman whisked a tarpaulin away, revealing a grand statue of Ebenezer himself.
“With this monument,” he announced, “we celebrate a great day. At last, all of the remaining poor have been terminated.”
A muted cheer rippled lamely through the assembled throng. Fools, he thought with a snort. Moments to savor like this didn’t occur all that often.
He raised mitten-covered hands and waited for his workers to settle down. They huddled together and looked to him with their expectant faces.
“With them gone … you are the new poor.”
Click on the links below for more takes on A Christmas Carol from our other BlogFestivus bloggers:
Linda penning at linda vernon humor
Steve from Stevil
Maria-Christina blogging at MCWhispers
Dylan of Treatment of Visions
Sarah from Parent Your Business
Dawn blogging at Lingering Visions
K8edid from k8edid
Dave bringing it at 1pointperspective
Eileen from Not The Sword But The Pen
Lindsey at RewindRevise
Kandy of Kandy Talk
Sandra writing at In Love With Words
Natalie from So I Went Undercover
Jen at Blog It or Lose It
Amelie from In the Barberry
Cee Cee blogging at Cee Cee’s Blog
Ashley from LittleWonder2
BD writing Blogdramedy
Dayum…that was harsh, even for Scrooge!
LOL! Yeah. Something tells me he’s just getting warmed up, too. 🙂
Ha! Everything old is new again.
Obviously this touching story made you feel like dancing!
You promise negativity. I love a man who keeps his promises. Your play on words once again shocks and awes me.
I give this post five jingles of the Xmas balls…I mean bells.
Meet me in person and you’ll truly understand shock and awe. Thanks for noticing my subtle negativity. That means a lot. Oh, balls.
Holy crap. Nice job.
Exactly what I was hoping to hear. Thanks!
A very well-written story, ‘Tom.’ Your imagery is terrific, and the buildup to the ending couldn’t be better. I like it.
Yo! What’s with the quotes around Tom? Are you accusing me of being someone else? Okay, it’s true. Tom is not my real name. Oops. 🙂
Thanks for the high praise. Truly. That kind of comment really makes me feel like an imposter.
Awww — it’s a Jack Welch Christmas! 🙂