Ready For Work

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


A Short Story written for India Emerald's latest Flash Challenge.


Ready For Work

He pushes open the door and steps inside, rubbing his hands together against the cold. It is warm in the room, especially in the seat by the fire. He sits down, leans forward and lets the warmth wash over him, thawing him out and, for now, banishing the icy cold.

She bustles her way over to him and hands him a cup of hot, steaming cocoa. Gratefully, he wraps his hands around the cup, lifts it to his lips and takes a sip. Warmed up now from the inside as well as the out, he is ready to make his last minute preparations. His vehicle is all polished and ready to go so now he can kick off his work boots, sit back and allow himself to relax for a few minutes.

He takes a moment to appreciate his wife’s consideration, for she has hung his uniform up to warm, to air out. It will be a pleasure to put it on. He undoes his pants, steps into the waiting ones, loose right now so he needs his braces to hold them up. He leans forward and gives his black boots a last polish with a soft cloth and is rewarded by their shine.

She comes back into the room and takes his jacket from him, helps him into it, then stands back and makes her inspection. “You’ll do,” she says, then steps in to his held out arms.

“A lot of work to do tonight, my dear,” he says.

“Oh, you’ll cope. You always do! Try not to eat too much; remember last year when you came home with such indigestion.”

He smiles. “I’ll try not to. But it would be rude to refuse so....we’ll see. I expect I’ll be gone for most of the night, so don’t wait up.”

“I won’t. See you when you finish work, Nick.” She leans forward and gives him a gentle kiss on the lips.

“See you soon, Mrs Claus,” he says, then heads off out of the door, shutting it quickly to keep the heat inside.

 

(346 words)


Submitted: December 16, 2017

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Mike S.

Very clever, Hully, excellent!

Sat, December 16th, 2017 7:33pm

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Did you guess who it was before the end, Mike? Thanks for giving it a read.

Sat, December 16th, 2017 11:43am

moa rider

Good one Mama Hullabaloo! He'll be ok down here, it's nice and warm! Usianguke

Sat, December 16th, 2017 7:44pm

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Haha! Thanks for reading, Moa!

Sat, December 16th, 2017 11:48am

Sue Harris

Nice one Hully, no spoilers! It didn't dawn on me until the end. Fab!

Sat, December 16th, 2017 9:56pm

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Thanks for saying that, Sue. It's what I wanted to achieve but didn't know whether it worked.

Sat, December 16th, 2017 1:59pm

Jeff Bezaire

A fantastic write, Hully! It wasn't until Mrs. Claus helps Nick into his jacket and inspects him that I realized who these people were. You played it out brilliantly! You captured the winter cold, too. I was feeling a bit chilly. :)

Sun, December 17th, 2017 4:45am

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Well, I'm glad I managed to keep his identity a secret until the end, Jeff. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and to comment!

Sun, December 17th, 2017 5:01am

jaylisbeth

Awww this was wonderful to read, Hully. Such a great story, especially at the end.

Sun, December 17th, 2017 7:49pm

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Did you guess who it was about earlier? I wanted to keep it a secret until the end. Thanks for reading.

Sun, December 17th, 2017 11:57am

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