Indies Unlimited FF Challenge: A Krampus Christmas

peeping moose maine 1997

“Is…is that…a moose?” Davey heaved out between gulps of air. He and his friend, Eric, dashed through the woods, twisting and turning to avoid the maze-like growth of trunks.

“Shut-up and keep running!”

Chains clattering and a discordant bell screeching made Davey peek over his shoulder. A dark-furred creature with sharp black horns and serpent tongue strode after them, carrying a squirming black bag over its shoulder. Davey moaned as the thing leered at him, fangs glistening from the light reflected off the snow.

“Over there!” Eric shouted, pointing at a small cabin in the middle of a clearing. Both boys forced failing legs to hurry toward the shelter. They burst through the door, locked it behind them, and huddled underneath the window.

“I told you you shouldn’t have taken that present from the sleigh,” Davey whined.

“You grabbed one too!”

Hooves clomping on the wooden stoop out front silenced them. A booming knock rattled the whole house, and the kids wrapped their arms around each other, cowering. “Ha! Ha! Ha!,” came the cackling voice of the monster through the thin barrier. “Santa rewards the nice, whilst I receive those filled with vice! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

Silence descended like a shroud. The boys waited for a few minutes, before Eric dared to glance out the window. “He’s gone!”

They grinned in relief, until Davey noticed the fireplace. “Oh, sh-”

Clawed hands grabbed them, and stuffed them, screaming, in the sack.

The stolen presents fell, opening to reveal lumps of coal.

Word Count: 250


My own little take on the Krampus legend for Indies Unlimited’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Voting for the week’s best story opens Wednesday, and if you like my little tale I would appreciate your vote! If not, vote for the story you do like (read: mine πŸ˜‰ ). Join the fun with your own story; the winner will join other winners from previous weeks in a collected anthology! Just use the photo of the moose as inspiration and post your story in the comment section of the linked post. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn


8 thoughts on “Indies Unlimited FF Challenge: A Krampus Christmas

  1. ha OMG I love it!!!!! If you remind me, I will vote. But…I live a life with reminders all in my phone (thanks ADHD)…so REMIND ME

    • Ha! Stealing from Santa’s sleigh is definitely a no-no! Thanks for reading, Janna! I hope you are a little more rested from your ordeal πŸ˜€

      • Hanging in there…thanks! Today turned out to be a bizarre day, too. There’s a blog post in it whenever I have time to sit down and write it…perhaps in my offline time this week πŸ™‚

      • Can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚ Glad you’re hanging in there, and I hope things settle down for you soon (you know, as settled as anything can be with kids in the house πŸ˜‰ )!

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