It’s time for Friday Fictioneers once again. Thanks Rochelle.
This photo prompt was a hard one for me.
I thought about it until I came up with a problem Christmas.
Just so you know Jim is Sam’s brother. Christmas is usually at the parents’ house, but this year without talking to Sam or the wife it was decided….
“I can’t believe he did this!” I said slamming the letter on the table.
“What’s wrong? Who did what?” Sam turned and looked at me.
“Jim, I can’t believe he’d do this.”
I turned to leave the room before I started screaming.
“Wait,” Sam called after me. His eyes scanned the letter.
I turned, his eyes grew large as he reached the part of the letter that said Christmas would be at our house this year.
“Christmas is only four days away,” he said.
I felt my body tense. “How could he do this to me?”
Word Count: 96
12/21/12 is such a funny number to write! LOL
Now that’s a believable story. No doubt this scenario gets played out and causes many a family feud. Good job.
Thank you. No one would dare pull that with me. I’d leave the house alone for the day.
Grrr. Well the nice thing about having it at your house is that you get the leftovers right? 😉
Alright, if you say so.
LOL I love to cook and host. I have a gaggle of people coming to visit from out of town so they are staying with us. But then again I had while to plan. That said, I just sent my husband to the grocery store.
If they people would be happy with my cooking and not complain about what I’m doing, I’d love it too. Everyone says my food doesn’t taste good, because I cook very healthy and have to leave some stuff out because of severe food allergies. Then they get into the way I raise MY kids, and all hell breaks loose!
It’s much easier not to bother.
I’m glad you have a good time.
well then they need to not invite themselves over. It is a complaint free zone.
After a few times, they realized we just don’t do it. Christmas is the hubby the kids and me.
Christmas planning always make me tense!.Still doing that for this year. Grrr…You’ve captured it well here, Mari!
Thank you, Amy.
Oh, oh. I feel a bit of stress coming on for this one too. Maybe a backup plan is in order to fix the problem.
My family doesn’t mess with me at Christmas. We’ve already been down that road. 😀
I would go out to a nice hotel, motel in the area and let them ring or pound at the door. It would serve them right. Or I would call and let them know since it was such short notice you hope they are bringing the meal as you hadn’t planned, budget doesn’t allow for extras this month and as they don’t care for your cooking they will be better off bringing enough for everyone. Then you fix what you need for you to not sufer the allergies. God Bless mari hope all will be well.
That is a good idea, I’ll remember that if I ever need it.
four days?must be out of their damn minds ^^
I think so too.
This is a very well done and realistic story…somehow i like Christmas low key with family…Great job with this Mari
this was an original take on the picture and well done. It shows how events can get out of hand, especially ones that are meant to be pleasurable.
You know I can already feel the panic setting in. Beautifully put across and something different for the prompt.
Good sudden tension there! And yes, I can imagine how that might suddenly feel…not good!
Yeah, I wouldn’t be too pleased about that, either!! I’m afraid this, or something similar, is too realistic for many families. I hope your Christmas is much more pleasant!
It should be only hubbs and the kids.
Merry Christmas to you.
That sounds relatively (so to speak) relaxing. We’ll have Bill, me, our two daughters, and one of my s-i-ls; the usual crowd. Should be fun although more hectic this year than usual.
Fun is the name of the game right now. Not stressed. I hate stressed. If family is fun the that is wonderful, but I like so many have stressful family. I hide like the coward I am. 😀
Timely story…however, I realize she did all the stressful pre-planning and cooking but wonder why she didn’t say….”How can he do this to US” which includes the husband and kids. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Good one… Lots of questions here.
Love that the news came by letter. Nothing like a surprise with bed news…
Jim knows sending a letter is in his best interest.
What is it with human beings? Simple details all screwed up. Emotions out of nowhere spoiling a happy time. You captured the chaos of Christmas perfectly.
but…but…96? you have four more words to add and make a good story even better? maybe she slammed and broke something, kicked something. or maybe she secretly smiled. or maybe…four more words!
I will try next time for the full 100. I wasn’t sure I was going to even try this week. I’d been suffering from nonstop chronic migraines. I thought I owed it to myself and everyone else to at least try. Sorry to let you down. 😦
oh dear, nobody let down, just having fun.
ohh! Last minute surprise party… in your own house and the surprise is on you!
I have been there… Very close to real life this one.
Thank you. This is one surprise party I couldn’t enjoy.