Who made the cut? (Daily Flash Fiction win)
“Oh Ho No.” Santa cried. “It cannot be.” Where was his ‘Naughty N’ Nice’ list? He’d looked everywhere twice. Who would get a lump of coal if he did not know?
It was getting close to Christmas Eve. Most of the world’s letters had come and been read. There were always latecomers, though. These often were just the ones needing the most care.
His head elf was on the job. They’d put the workers on the task recklessly leaving the toy production line short. “It has to be somewhere. Start another list.” Santa demanded. Letters were falling like a snowstorm onto his desk. It was worse this year than any before.
Each letter had to be reviewed word by word before being added to the Naughty N’ NIce list. Any child who was too greedy or caught lying about how good they’d been was automatically added no matter how many friends they had.
“I’m on it.” Smedley, Santa’s chief elf yelled. Santa closed his eyes reliving where and when he’d last seen the list.
“I took it with me when Mrs. Santa called me away to see a new toy she’d thought up.” Mused the old fellow while wishing for a holiday cookie. “There you are, dear. Have you seen my list?”
“Is it missing again? You’re getting quite forgetful.” That didn’t help find it at all. The closer to Christmas the more frenzied things became. Things just happened.
“Last I saw you with it, you were sitting by the fire before going to bed at night. See if you left it there.”
She heard Santa groan. “It’s burned to a crisp.”
“It's why I keep a copy. But handing out coal just hastens climate change. ”
Which is why you got a solar powered lightbulb this year.
Entry into the "Daily Flash Fiction Challenge"
300 word limit
short stories only
based on contest prompt
no reviews given of entries
1500 points for 1st place