Star of the Show

Holiday reruns! Over the next couple of days I’ll be reposting Christmas stories from ShiftnShake past. Why not? Aren’t holiday reruns a tradition? What is a holiday movie you have seen countless times? For me: A Christmas Story and as a kid we watched the antiquated animated Rudolph (Burl Ives narrating) every year. The Charlie Brown Christmas Special was special every year too.
The following rerun is a response to a 2019 Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenge.

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At Carrot Ranch the 2018 Flash Fiction Rodeo is winding down and the regular weekly prompts have resumed. This week Charli’s November 1, 2018, prompt is to, “in 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a festival of lights. It can be any holiday, event or moment. Express the hope of light over darkness. Or use it to highlight injustice. Go where the prompt leads.”

The prompt led me back to some characters that I haven’t heard from in a long while, back to the fold. I think I needed this family, needed to return to the comfort of their simpler time and place. Writers are fortunate; we can create gentler settings and kinder characters and happier endings if we choose. But that’s art, always Imitative; that’s not the real work. Our Work as humans is to try and write our own lives through our…

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