“I hate Christmas, Stefani. I’m not helping you put lights on this icy tree.”
“You’re such a Scrooge, Austin. Christmas lights bring miracles. Don’t you believe that?”
“I don’t believe anything. Let’s go inside, I’m cold.”
“Brendan will help me.” Flirting always worked with Austin.
“Oh, alright.” The two university students trudged back to the dorm.
“Lights again, Felman?” Arvid complained. “Don’t they know the more they change the world with technology, the greater the curse upon them?” She and her fellow elf were sitting invisibly on the tree’s branches.
“You know humans, Arvid,” rolling his eyes.
I wrote this for the Rochelle Wisoff-Fields flash fiction writing challenge. The idea is to use the image above as the inspiration to craft a small story no more than 100 words long. My word count is 97.
I actually re-wrote my story which originally was more along the lines of environmentalism and global warming, but everyone writes about that, so I was pretty disgusted with my lack of imagination. I changed it, but alas, the theme is largely the same. The more we humans try to “beautify” the world around us, the more we miss out on the natural beauty it already possesses. Forget the lights. Enjoy the ice.
To read other stories based on the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.