Flash Fiction Friday: RED ALERT

RED ALERT! RED ALERT! STAND CLEAR OF THE LOADING DOCK DOORS. SANTA’S SLEIGH HAS CLEARANCE FOR TAKE OFF!

A whirl of wind swept through the dock before the metal doors slammed shut, plunging the room into silence. Two elves crouched low in the corner, hands above their heads to protect against the elements that had blown in from the outside. Now that the coast was clear, they stood and dusted themselves off.

“Another successful year, Herbert,” one said, a lopsided grin in place.

Herbert nodded. “Yep. Let’s grab some eggnog, Twinkles. We’ve got a few minutes to celebrate before we need to begin preparations for next year.”

They turned in unison.

Their faces fell.

“Herbert?” Twinkles said with a gulp.

“Do you see what I see?” Herbert’s voice wasn’t quite steady.

Twinkles nodded. “One of Santa’s bags of presents. It got left behind!”

Tears sprang into Herbert’s eyes. “What are we gonna do? All those kids without presents! Christmas will be ruined!”

Twinkles flexed his jaw and straightened his back. “Not on our watch, it’s not!” He hopped on his toes. “It’s time we called for reinforcements so we can get this stray bag to Santa’s sleigh in time for delivery!”

Twinkles squinted his eyes, that lopsided grin back in place. “It’s time we called the Unicorn Pegasus League for a ride. It’s time to save Christmas!”

 

©Laura L. Zimmerman 2017

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Flash Fiction Friday: Ten Minutes of Hope

Alayna stepped back to admire her work.

It had taken hours to create but with the help of her mother and little brother, it was time for the big moment. Or, rather, the ten big moments. That’s all they were allowed anymore now that the government had cut the number of minutes of electricity use to just ten minutes per month.

The Revolution had begun just as any other from history. But this one quickly pulled another country into its fray, then another. What started small had turned into a world-wide threat. Her mother remembered days of heated houses, cars that ran, ample food to fill bellies and a thing called freedom.

A sigh spilled from Alayna as she imagined such a world. She couldn’t complain, though. They were one of the few families that had secured the government issued three-hundred square-foot storage units, unlike the seventy-five percent of the population forced to live on the streets.

“Ready to turn on the lights?” Alayna’s little brother asked.

She nodded. This was it. Her most favorite part of the year. The one time she could pretend that she lived in a world with abundant electricity and enough clothing for all. If she focused on the site before her she could almost ignore the gnaw in her stomach and stink that told her none of them had bathed in a week. She would sear the memory of what was about to happen in her mind to last for a full year.

“The time has come,” her mother said, as she flipped the switch on the wall.

The christmas tree lit with glorious pride and filled the room with the hope of a better world.

Alayna smiled. “Merry Christmas.”

 

©Laura L. Zimmerman 2017

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Photo by Mark Rabe on Unsplash

Caffeinated Speculation: Merry Christmas. You get Psych.

Whaaattt? Doth my eyes deceive me? Nay, I say not. This. Is. For. Real. People! Our beloved Psych is returning to TV! *runs around in circles squealing*

If you’ve been under a rock for the last few days–or if you’ve given up Facebook and have missed the gagillion shares on everyone’s newsfeed–then you may not have heard the exciting news! Gus and Shawn are coming back, y’all! Okay, it’s just a single reunion episode but hey, it’s pretty much the best Christmas present I could’ve asked for! *gush, gush* And yes, Lassie, Jules, Shawn’s dad (because who really calls him Henry?), and Chief Vick are all set to return, as well! Eee!!!

According to this post, here’s the official tagline for the show: “The ambitious friends — along with some returning fan-favorite characters — come together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. A comedic thrill ride follows, as the wild and unpredictable Psych team pursues the bad guys, justice …and food!”

So…will you be settled in front of the TV in their PJ’s with hot chocolate in hand on release night? Or will you be the one to throw an all-out Psych-party for your family and friends? Leave a comment below on how you plan to celebrate this momentous occasion!! *sigh*

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