Twelve Days of Fast Fiction, Day 04: THE TRAIN DIDN’T COME

Posted: 16 December 2013 in 12DaysFF, fast fiction, fiction, writing
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Emma Vieceli is lovely. That is an undisputed fact, and if you were previously unaware of this, well it’s a sad day when you don’t learn something new. Her talent and enthusiasm for her craft, her passion for making comics that tell stories shine out every time you pick up her work. Did I mention, in addition, that’s she’s lovely? Ok, just checking.

Emma was once six feet two. She never talks about why she’s no longer six feet two.

Title: The Train Didn’t Come
Word: festivity
Challenger: Emma Vieceli
Length: 200 words exactly

He was on his own; that was the first surprise.

When the Prime Minister had informed her that he was visiting and wished a private meeting, the President had expected at least a small retinue. But the Prime Minister had arrived alone, unaccompanied even by security personnel.

She welcomed him into the large oval room, attempting to conceal her curiosity, sure that her aides were calling their British contemporaries.

They greeted each other with wary friendliness, each knowing that they were not the other’s preferred choice for their position.

And then he showed her the proof, the confirmed, definitive and substantiated proof: Santa Claus existed. Moreover, a verified message from him, stating baldly that they had both been very naughty, very naughty indeed. Not only them, of course: every head of government (with the puzzling exception of the President of the Marshall Islands).

The President’s eye caught the tree by her desk, decorated with birds and baubles, and she shivered, though it was not cold; despite the date, festivity no longer seemed appropriate.

She nodded at the man, then placed the suggested telephone call. “Dimitri? Yes, it’s me. We have to talk in person. I’m coming to see you. Alone.”

© Lee Barnett, 2013

This story is part of The Twelve Days of Fast Fiction (More information on the Twelve Days here)
Day 01: The Misanthropic Principle – challenger: Jamais Cascio
Day 02: Robot Ghosts of Apocalypse – challenger: Cherie Priest
Day 03: Every Word Is Wrong – challenger: Si Spurrier
Day 05: Living Happily Ever After – challenger: Neil Gaiman
Day 06: Embargoed Until Midnight – Challenger: Corrie Corfield
Day 07: He’s Making A List – Challenger: Mitch Benn
Day 08: Fingers On The Windowpane – Challenger: Leah Moore
Day 09: Santa Abduction Narratives Recalled – Challenger: Paul Cornell
Day 10: Copula Numb – Challenger: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Day 11: It Lived Under Monday – Challenger: Sarah Pinborough
Day 12: Batman Sure Likes Tea – Challenger: Tiernan Douieb

Edit to add: An ebook of all twelve stories is available for $0.99. Click here for details.


“There are two hundred stories collected in this volume. They are funny, they are thoughtful, they are romantic, they are frightening. To me, though, they are more than entertaining. They are inspiring.” – Wil Wheaton, from his introduction to volume 2 of The Fast Fiction Challenge

Two volumes of The Fast Fiction Challenge, containing 180 stories in Volume 1 and a further 200 stories in Volume 2, for £3.00 each, are available in ebook format from the author; email for details.

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