Flash Fiction Friday – How To Take A Long Break

January 2, 2023, prompt: Write a story about a sabbatical in 99 words (no more, no less). Who needs one or has had one? What kind of tension could a rest create? Where can a break take your story? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

How To Take A Long Break – by Hugh W. Roberts

Some think I have one of the most straightforward jobs in the world. It may look like that, but I still need a sabbatical.

Some think my job is one of the toughest, so I deserve a sabbatical.

Rain, shine, blizzards or gales, I have to do my job. I pledged that I’d never let anyone down. Some think I have too many days off, but people need to learn what goes on behind closed doors.

What’s the best thing about my job? Tearing the date ‘December 24th’ off the calendar and starting my sabbatical for another 364 days.

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

Image of a message in a bottle on a beach
Image Credit: Charli Mills


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29 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – How To Take A Long Break

  1. Santa works hard as do those reindeer pulling him around the world. The reward, besides a sabbatical the rest of the year, is all the cookies and milk you can down. Burp.

  2. Santa deserves a break because he works hard that one day a year. Imagine flying around the world on a sleigh trying to be sure the gifts are delivered promptly and to the right address. Whew!

        1. The fear of change is something I lived with for a very long time, Judith. Taking those new steps can be challenging, but when I realised that taking them opened so many new doors, I wondered why I’d feared change so much.

    1. Thanks, Terri. I think Santa deserves the most extended break of all. After all, he’s what keeps me going throughout the rest of the year. Only another 351 sleeps until he’s working again.

      1. Why not …. The fact is he works all year round making presents, reading letters and these days texts and of course he has to cope with gnomes and elves wanting to work from home and keep connected by zoom!

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