Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kim Richards @Kim_Richards @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

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002_DEC_LOHSanta Magic
by Kim Richards

Santa muttered, sending his warm breath in visible puffs across the frigid air. He let the broken toy handcuffs fall from his fingertips to land on the snowy ground. He looked skyward and, once he figured out is bearings, trudged northward to his workshop home.
His wife saw him from where she fretted on the front porch. She squealed and ran to him. After hugging him tightly, she pulled back and stared into his rich brown eyes.
“Where were you? What happened? I was so worried when the reindeer came home with an empty sleigh. I bet you’re cold. Do you want some hot chocolate?”
Santa smiled. “Whoa, woman. Hot chocolate sounds nice.”
As they walked inside the house, she asked him, “Are you hurt?”
He shrugged. “Bruised ego and a couple of scrapes. Nothing to worry about Dear.”
Once inside, he settled in his favorite chair. His wife covered him with thick wool blankets.
“While I make the chocolate, tell me what happened,” she said.
“Well, we landed on a steep rooftop like normal. Two men jumped out from behind the chimney and tackled me. All three of us tumbled off the roof and hit the ground below. I must’ve hit my head or something because I woke up later. I was handcuffed inside a barn.”
“We should call the authorities of that town,” Mrs. Clause said as she handed him the steaming mug.
Santa chuckled. “No need. I took care of it.”
She raised an eyebrow at that.
He continued, “The plastic cuffs were easy enough to break.”
“What? They used toy handcuffs?”
“Nope. I turned them into toys.” He chuckled. “I also left two man sized lumps of coal in that barn.”
“Ah…Santa Magic!” She patted his arm.
“Yes…Santa Magic.”
Fiction © Copyright Kim Richards
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About Nina D'Arcangela

Nina D’Arcangela is a quirky horror writer who likes to spin soul rending snippets of despair. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She's an UrbEx adventurer who suffers from unquenchable wanderlust. She loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old grave yards. Nina is a co-owner of Sirens Call Publications, a co-founder of the horror writer's group 'Pen of the Damned', founder and administrator of the Ladies of Horror Picture-prompt Monthly Writing Challenge, and if that isn't enough, put a check mark in the box next to owner and resident nut-job of Dark Angel Photography.
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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kim Richards @Kim_Richards @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Darkly delightful.

  2. Hurrah for Santa – that’s what you get for messing with the man! Delightful 🙂

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