Twelve Days of Fast Fiction, Day 09: SWEEPING UP SHATTERED CHANDELIERS

Posted: 21 December 2014 in 12DaysFF, Christmas, fast fiction, fiction
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Kirsty Newton is one of the most musically talented people I know; her accomplished playing of almost any tune moments after hearing it, has to be seen to be believed and her appearance with Jess Robinson in Mighty Voice shows off her own enormous talent as much as Jess’s. As with so many of this year’s challengers, Kirsty is a delightfully nice and funny person, and her friendliness and enthusiasm for music shines through in everything she does.

Very few people know that Kirsty has a black belt in DoReyMe.

Title: Sweeping Up Shattered Chandeliers
Word: trickle
Challenger: Kirsty Newton
Length: 200 words exactly

The chandeliers were tempered, but even that strengthening was insufficient to prevent all breakages; clumps of glass and razor sharp slivers lay among the detritus of the previous night’s excesses. Most of those clearing away the remains had done so many times before and knew they would be called upon again to do so. Six of them carefully picked up fragments; more wiped away spillages, mostly puddles of wine, dried blood, and the odd trickle of vomit.

Occasionally, one of them, one of the older ones, would make reference to past examples of mayhem, and then the younger would roll their eyes as the young always do, mildly embarrassed. This was true of all creatures, whether they were goblins, elves, humans, or other creatures of myth.

Had they been asked, they would have admitted that the drink-up had been one of the most raucous in living memory, and some there had memories stretching back several hundred years. It was officially entitled “the post night’s travel gathering”, never “The Christmas Party”; Santa didn’t like that name.

This year, the reindeer had started the drinking, and they were mean drunks. Then Santa arrived… and the first punches were thrown soon after.

© Lee Barnett, 2014

This story is part of The Twelve Days of Fast Fiction (More information on the Twelve Days here)
Day 01: This Lion Of Winter – challenger: Antony Johnston
Day 02: An Immense Pecuniary Mangle – challenger: Steven Shaviro
Day 03: Is The Pope Pregnant? – challenger: Matt Brooker
Day 04: Father Christmas Got Stuck – challenger: Bevis Musson
Day 05: Early Sunday Chop Suey – challenger: Michael Moran
Day 06: Of Tinsel And Fire – challenger: David Baddiel
Day 07: The Man Who Could – challenger: Joanne Harris
Day 08: The Judge Disagreed – challenger: Rufus Hound
Day 10: Glorious Concatenation – challenger: Neil Gaiman
Day 11: Weaving With Angels’ Hair – challenger: Nick Doody
Day 12: Their Eyes All Aglow – challenger: Mitch Benn


“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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