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ADVENT GHOSTS

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas everyone.

Every year on Christmas Eve, Loren Eaton hosts the Advent Ghost:

" . .a kind of virtual huddle around the Christmas Eve hearth, and we'd like you to join us. The details? Here they are:

1.) If you want to contribute, email ISawLightningFall [at] gmail [dot] com.
2.) Write a spooky piece of flash fiction exactly 100-words long -- no more, no less. Note that you don't have to write a ghost story, per se. Any genre is fine, but your final result should aim to raise gooseflesh on the back of the reader's neck.
3.) Post your story to your blog on December 24th and email the link to me. Hosting can be arranged for those who don't have their own blogs."

Oops, I sorta forgot today is Christmas Eve.  Here's my late entry:
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The twinkling of colored lights beckoned the company through the dense foliage. Blue and green, red and yellow; they flashed distracting images on the night vision goggles.

“Damn,” Sergeant Nicholas mouthed as he tore off the goggles and tucked them in a deep pocket on his thigh.

Corporal Rudy grinned and aimed the infra-red light at the garishly lit house, then counted off five warm bodies all snug in their beds. Sarg Nick nodded and waived the other eight conspirators forward.

They dug in the loot bag for gas masks, adjusting straps as they crept towards the long nights work.

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Loren Eaton is hosting the list with all the Advent Ghost participants on his blog.  Check them out, if you're not afraid of a Christmas ghost . .

As always at this time of year, my heart goes out to those unable to be home with their loved ones.

11 comments:

Sarah Pearson said...

This made me smile Donna. Merry Christmas to you x

Donna Hole said...

Thanks Sarah :)

.......dhole

The Golden Eagle said...

Great entry--I feel bad for the family inside the house, though. It doesn't sound like anything good will happen to them . . .

Merry Christmas!

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Great entry Donna. I wish I was in, but I'm going to jump in the swimming pool instead! Glad it's daylight! It's Boxing Day, 10am here in Oz! Christmas Day was great.

Denise

Pat Hatt said...

Very nice entry and Merry Christmas to you too.

Craig said...

Great take Donna.

Aidan Fritz said...

There is something inherently creepy about a tradition where an old man sneaks into your house to leave presents. You riff off this in a fun way, capturing that creepiness with this military variant.

Misha Gericke said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Loved your entry. It put a unique spin on the Christmas tale. :-)

Loren Eaton said...

Hah! Santa and his helpers as an elite military strike force. I love it. Thanks for joining us this year, Donna.

Donna Hole said...

Thanks Golden; I'd hoped for that :)

Serious jealousy going on here Denise :) See you on the 30th.

Thanks Pat and Craig.

Aidan; was that you with the home invasion entry? I can't remember. I loved it though :)

Hi Misha; have a great week.

Loren: thanks for hosting. All the stories were fabulous. Happy holidays to you :)

........dhole

Simon Kewin said...

Most amusing! A very creative take on the whole story.