Flash Fiction Friday – Christmas Present

November 28, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the saying, “not my monkeys, not my circus”. What is the situation that would spawn that aphorism? Have fun with the setting and characters! Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

Christmas Present – by Hugh W. Roberts

Watching the happy couple unwrap their gifts bought so much joy and happiness. I love Christmas.

One last gift, but who’s the recipient?

“The tag says it’s for you; somebody from your past?” said Veronica.

“Me?” replied David.

He hesitated at first, but his face was a picture when he pulled out red fishnet stockings and suspenders.

The atmosphere changed before death arrived. But it would be the next Christmas before they joined me.

Not my monkeys, not my circus,” I laughed as I walked out of their lives unnoticed.

Nobody cheated on me, the ghost of Christmas past.

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

Image of the word Circus on the doorway of a circus tent
Image Credit: Charli Mills


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12 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Christmas Present

    1. Thanks so much, Terri. I had no idea what the phrase ‘Not my monkeys, not my circus’ meant. I’ve never heard it before and don’t know of anyone who used it. So I had to look it up and gave it a dark ending.

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