CHRISTMAS IN NEBRASKA
Copyright, 2019 by E.C. McMullen Jr.
Santa never liked Tony as a kid. No real reason, ‘You can’t like everyone,’ Santa often thought.
“Little League Tony,” Santa called him. Hard working Kid with a great pitching arm and a bright future who never got a break.
Santa always felt that such “cursed” children didn’t deserve one. Bad Karma is earned and all that. Santa certainly wasn’t about to help someone whose odds were always against them.
‘Never step into the path of someone else’s misfortune,’ Santa sagely told himself.
So you can imagine the warmth of satisfying schadenfreude Santa felt while flying over Nebraska at night and seeing a grown Tony walking lost and alone in the snow, far from a broken down car and civilization.
‘You’ve been “Little League” your whole life,’ Santa thought.
He only felt contempt for Tony at witnessing another in a long series of the man’s “plights”. So many children lead such interesting, fascinating lives, even if they didn’t know it. But hard luck Tony was the least entertaining kid Santa endured.
Head down, Tony shuddered from the cold of a deep Nebraska winter wind.
‘He won’t need any presents where he’s going,’ Santa chuckled to himself.
Tony, his brain methodically shutting off blood to various parts of his body, in order to conserve heat to the vitals, registered Santa’s sleigh flying overhead.
Tony looked up in time to see Santa approach and joyfully wave to Tony with his middle finger.
‘Yeah, fuck you too, prick.’ Tony thought as his foot stopped against a snow covered stone.
Tony stumbled, then fell.
Santa, seeing this, felt merrily amused. He pulled the reins on his corsairs so he could do an aerial victory lap to celebrate Tony’s upcoming demise.
In angry frustration, Tony grabbed the rock that tripped him. He hefted it to get a sense of its weight. Forcing his eyes to sharpen on his prey, Tony tracked Santa’s circle, the old man’s, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” reaching Tony’s muffled ears.
With years of pitching practice behind him, Tony threw the stone, watching it sail high and arc far in front of Santa, and Santa’s reindeer and sleigh pulling the happy old man face first into the flying rock.
The merry old elf fell out of his sleigh, down through the arid sky, his body hitting ice and snow with a crunching thud.
Tony, feeling his fortunes had changed for the better, somewhat, approached the unconscious man, who was dressed in bright and wonderfully warm clothes.
‘Merry Christmas to me.’ Tony thought. His heart felt as if it would glow with happiness.
Fight the power when you buy a copy of my book,
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!
Build a science lab of my work for your library! Buy WILLOW BLUE. It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!
Cross pollinate for even more!
Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.
Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the filmmaking guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, also the late Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.