A Christmas Surprise (Short fiction)

Jingle bells, Jingle bells
Trilling in the mist
Haw Haw Haw
The red one prowls

The North diminishes
Its ice is melting
Santa’s heart grows dark

Christmas day!
Fog creeps upon the land
Excitement shrivels in anxiety
The waters turn opaque
Murky with conjured rings of filth
Jingle bells!

Dreary clouds loom a villainous gray
A witless sun recuses itself in fear
And the air rings, sullied with evil-chimes
Jingle bells!

Santa has come!
His merry bellows of greeting are no more
A sibilant call of menace has replaced them
A haw haw haw, chilling to the bone
Dreadful, yet familiar
Jingling terror all the way

The little boy stares, petrified!
“Santa, is that you?”
A strangled whisper husks through the air
And the boy trembles
A foul drip drip, stalks beyond sight
And a rancid stench stiffles his senses
The ice is melting
And Santa is rotting

Jingle bells, Jingle bells
Clanking in the mist
Haw Haw Haw
Who Is next?!

Β© judeitakali


Apologies for this bit of Christmas horror, and for guilt tripping with the climate change hints.
It’s all in good faith.

And you all know i just can’t say no to my horror muse.

The festive lights are up at home, so I’m praying the festive cheer descends upon me. It’s certainly taking its time.

Hope you enjoy this,
Stay safe, and stay loving..

43 Comments Add yours

  1. Bulbul says:

    Ahh! Good one, Jude.
    I surely love your horror muse, by the way!
    Haw Haw Haw! Write away.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      HahaπŸ˜‚yes thank you Bubble. I’m grateful you like it

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      1. Bulbul says:

        Of course! πŸ€—πŸ₯°πŸ˜

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  2. mariamichaela says:

    Haha love it! When I read the line, “the red one prowls” I already felt the tone was scary Christmas. Very nice, Jude

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    1. judeitakali says:

      πŸ˜ƒ thank you so much Michaela 🌷. I had to set the toneπŸ˜ŠπŸ’ž

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      1. mariamichaela says:

        Sure thing. Loved every bit of it!

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  3. Sadje says:

    I hope the Christmas is joyful for all those who celebrate it.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜ƒ

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      1. judeitakali says:

        You can be sure I’ll write some cheerful wishes Sadje. Need to get the other sides out of the way first

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      2. Sadje says:

        πŸŽ„πŸŒ²

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  4. vaniheart says:

    Awww a lovely Christmas tal——– WAIT WHAT???!!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      HahahaπŸ˜‚ you’ve cracked me up with this Vani😭
      I did give hints of the direction though.
      Thank you so much πŸ’•

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  5. sammicakes says:

    ahh scary christmas!!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Sorry, I had to get it out of the way.

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  6. Ramya Vivek says:

    Oops! Didn’t see that one coming!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I did say surprise Ramya, hehe πŸ˜…
      I wanted to use ‘shock’ but that would spoil the surprise πŸ˜‚

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      1. Ramya Vivek says:

        That’s true!🀐☺️

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  7. tanvibytes says:

    Wow! This is giving me nightmare before Xmas vibes! A dark take! Beautifully written πŸ™ƒ

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehe, I’ll try to make up for it in my next posts. Hope you are well Tanvi😊

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      1. tanvibytes says:

        Ooh, I like all the poems you right, looking forward! Yeah, I’ve been baking and eating Christmas treats like nobody’s business πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ!

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Haha, I’ve just been reading your latest posts. They are delicious.❀️

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      3. tanvibytes says:

        Thanks! Glad you liked it! πŸ€β„οΈHappy Holidays! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

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  8. memadtwo says:

    Let’s hope our own holidays are a bit cherries! (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      They will be K. Nothing like a little horror to make one appreciate the light even more.❀️

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  9. I somehow hate how I sang this dark lyrics in my head while reading πŸ˜‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, oops you fell into that little snare. πŸ˜…πŸ’•

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      1. I sure did! πŸ˜‚

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      2. judeitakali says:

        All good funπŸ₯°

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  10. The soon the polar caps melt, the better. Affords considerable opportunities for industrial extraction and settlement. Sea level rise can be easily mitigated via the construction of sea walls and/or mild in-land egress.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Nature always has a way of humbling us.
      I’d be very careful when it comes to thinking we are greater than the earth or its ecosystems.
      No knowing how big a tsunami can get.
      For there is no landmass too big for the oceans, and certainly no wall can be.

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  11. Ojocheyi says:

    I didn’t see that coming πŸ˜‚.

    I’m not feeling the Christmas either. What’s going on?😭

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah, some times it takes a while to sink in. Check out my latest post btw, maybe it can give you some cheer, it did for me.
      Thank you so much for sharing with me 😊❀️

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  12. Ingrid says:

    We need the wake-up call with the climate crisis we are facing! I’m not feeling all that jingly myself, but I always make an effort for the sake of the kids πŸŽ…πŸ»

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah,I guess it takes time. I’m getting there, to the jingly part.
      πŸŒ·πŸ’ž

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  13. A good poem, though dark for a festive season. Poor Santa. Haw, Haw, Haw. Merry Christmas, Jude 😊😊😊😊😊

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, thank you.
      I’ll definitely write more festive this week

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      1. It’s okay Santa not Christmas will mind at all. Love and light to you Jude 😊😊😊😊

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      2. judeitakali says:

        And to you too 😊

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      3. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌβ˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈ

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  14. Oh my, what a turn your words took! Jude, your horror muse is very good! πŸ˜€πŸ’™

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Punam 🧑
      It means alot that you like it,
      Horror is quite a part in my writing

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      1. My pleasure and yes, I noticed! πŸ˜€

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