Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Uncategorized

BlogFrestivus – 2013 – Day 3 — ‘Here and Now’

Day 3 of our challenge is devoted to a story about the Spirit of Christmas Present. Our Hostess is Blogdromedy, and you can hop over to her blog to check out the rules if you’d like to participate.  I must confess that my story today is, not only very late in the day, but is also about 50 words over on the count. However, my time for writing has been so limited that I just didn’t have any time at all to edit it down more. I hated not to submit one at all, so I’m posting it anyway, hoping I can find mercy from the other participants — who are listed below my story, by the way.

Happy BlogFestivus 2013

LIVING IN THE HERE AND NOW

Reggie sat slumped in his chair, gloom written all over him.

“Well, what a pretty picture you make tonight, Reginald, old boy!” The voice jolted him upright; he looked around.

“Who’s there?”

The voice took shape: on the sofa to his right, a well-tailored man lounged with his feet propped on the coffee table. “I’m generally called Spirit of Christmas Present. That’s what your Uncle Ebeneezer called me.”

“Oh, so you’re the one who supposedly helped him straighten out his life, huh?”

The figure shrugged. “Among others.”

“Well, you can go back where you came from. I don’t need anything you have to say!”

“You need a hammer to your head!”

“For what?”

“For constantly living in the past — sucking on your memories the way a baby does his thumb — or living in the future — always focusing on next week or next year. Your memories make you miserable, and your future makes you anxious and edgy because it holds problems you don’t have answers for yet.”

“And you’re going to fix me?”

“No … I’m going to tell you how YOU can fix yourself. You have to learn to really BE where you are, Reggie — to live in the hour — every hour of your life. Live NOW. You can’t re-do yesterdays, and the future is nothing but a long series of ‘now’s’ that you’ll experience one at a time. So really live each one of them, Reggie, and you’ll be surprised at the outcome.”

“But —” Reggie blinked. The sofa was empty.

~~~

The Other BlogFestivus Writers

Linda penning at linda vernon humor
Tom over at Shouts from the Abyss
Steve from Stevil
Maria-Christina blogging at MCWhispers
Dylan of Treatment of Visions
Sarah from Parent Your Business
Dawn blogging at Lingering  Visions
K8edid from k8edid
Dave bringing it at 1pointperspective
Eileen from Not The Sword But The Pen
Lindsey at RewindRevise
Kandy of Kandy Talk
Natalie from So I Went Undercover
Jen at Blog It or Lose It
Amelie from In the Barberry
Cee Cee blogging at Cee Cee’s Blog
Ashley from LittleWonder2
BD writing Blogdramedy 

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