Saturday, December 19, 2020

Advent Fiction 2020

 Wow, Christmas is right around the corner! Cooler weather, beautiful lights adorning houses throughout the neighborhood, and the variety of "holiday snacks" that appear from our neighbors and our own kitchen. It's definitely a wonderful time of year for me. Yeah, that's a link to another blog I wrote about Christmas time. Go ahead and click that link. It will open in a new window, so you won't lose your place here. The same holds true with any blue link you see.

Once again, my friend Loren is hosting his annual Advent fiction on his site. I love participating in this event and look forward to it each year as much as I look forward to participating in another friend of mine's Halloween event. You can find Eric's most current Halloween event here. I'll post the link to Loren's current event as soon as he makes it available.

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For my newer readers, Loren's Advent Fiction event invites us to write a 100-word story, no more, no less pertaining to Advent and the Christmas season. It's definitely a challenge, but one I look forward to. 

This year's event can be found here:

I Saw Lightning Fall: Advent Ghosts 2020: The Stories

Without further ado, here is my contribution to Advent Fiction 2020. I decided to write two stories which I hope you'll enjoy. One is definitely more lighthearted than the other.

My digital assistant

“Alexa, please play Christmas music.”

“OK, here’s a station I think you’ll like.”

Jingle Bells sounds throughout the room. Nice! This is cool. Alexa always seems to know just what I want. 

I wonder…

“Alexa, I want to see my late father.”

“Hhhmmm, this will be difficult. Are you sure you want me to do it?”

“Yes, please.”

A flash of light

“Dad! It’s sooooo great to see you! How have you been?”

“Wonderful,” he replies with a smile, “Merry Christmas, son, I’ve missed you.”

A flash of light

A moment of lightheadedness

I awake to find an empty room.

Stumpy's Viewpoint

At least I’m not called something goofy like “Sparkles” or “Glitter Nuggins.” That would be unbearable. And they have the decency to let me travel with them, even though I have to do stupid poses for the camera. Many of my friends are kept locked up for most of the year. Seriously??

So what if I love treats? Who doesn’t, especially around the holidays? Why do they need to take photos of me enjoying myself? 

I’ve seen them eat cookies by the dozen or consume fudge by the pound. Who are they kidding? Hypocrites!

And people wonder why I drink.


So there you have it, my friends. I hope you enjoyed these two stories. Oh, a little background on Stumpy Curlyshoe, the disgruntled elf, can be found here. Go ahead, click that link and get to know Stumpy a little better.

If you enjoyed reading these stories, you can find my contributions from previous years below.




I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Let's hope 2021 is much better than 2020. Even a little better would be a huge improvement.

Until next time........

carpe cerevisi


  1. I really like these, Patrick. They're so light hearted.

    1. Thank you, my friend! I initially struggled over what I was going to do, and in a flash, no pun intended, both of these came to me at once.

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you! I'm happy you enjoyed reading them. It's always fun, while challenging, to do these types of flash fiction.

  3. Both pieces are excellent, Well done, Patrick