Something Vital At Christmas

Photo by: Al Forbes

Barry had always adored Christmas. His parents told him stories of Santa Claus and the elves and the reindeer. Barry soaked it all in and believed it with all his heart.

Barry lived on the colony planet, Stalya, 62.4 light years from Earth. Few children enjoyed the magic of Christmas. How could Santa make it all that way anyway? He had no FTL starship!

That Christmas, his parents finally admitted there was no Santa Claus.

It was late on Christmas Day and everyone else was asleep. Barry gazed sullenly at the snowy streets below. And then something landed on the roof!

Barry rushed downstairs and stopped before the figure entering their airlock.

Santa Claus!

Barry rushed forward and squeezed the jolly old elf tight. “Santa! How did you get here without an FTL starship?”

“Ho, ho, ho! Don’t be silly, Barry. I always could fly Faster Than Light. It’s how I delivered gifts to millions in one night.”

“Oh right, but you’re still a little late.”

“Sorry about that Barry. It is a long way and we had turn back once for something vital.”

“Engine troubles?”

“No.” He gestured to the sheepish-looking elf beside him. “Bobo here forgot the hot chocolate!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction:

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
This entry was posted in Short Fiction and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

22 Responses to Something Vital At Christmas

  1. James says:

    Prepared for the jump to light speed, Rudolph.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Awe a cute one for Christmas! He was such a dejected little guy so I’m glad Santa showed up even being late. I guess santa’s Sleigh like space ships had improved in design. I wonder if that elf gets demoted, Hot Chocolate is pretty vital. Great job!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Liked by 1 person

    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I think Bobo will be cleaning the reindeer stable for a few months. Of course the elves had to modify the sleigh slightly for interstellar travel. It’s cold in space, so they had to install a fireplace. 😉 Thanks so much! Merry Christmas to you and your family too! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Can’t forget the hot chocolate!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nice story. Perfect for the holiday! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  5. ceayr says:

    Laughing but confused.
    Is it not impossible to be late if you travel FTL, even allowing for forgetful Bobos?
    And wasn’t he Yogi’s sidekick!
    Have a good one, Eric.

    Liked by 1 person

    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I hear you. It all depends on “how much faster” than light you’re going. Just whipping around the Earth at 60 times the speed of light, you can do a LOT. But if traveling to a colony 60 light years away, it would take an ENTIRE YEAR to arrive! Safe to say Santa was traveling much faster than that. Even then, having to run back for hot chocolate would put a crimp in the travel plans.

      And yeah Bobo is Yogi’s sidekick. I think that Hanna-Barbara cartoon is where Bobo got his name from.

      Thanka for stopping by, and Merry Christmas!


  6. Ha ha ha ha! So much fun. This Bobo is a dodo in the shape of an elf, I tell you. Happy holidays 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Lyn says:

    Bobo is lucky he wasn’t fired when he forgot the hot chocolate. That’s criminal! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  8. That’s great, Eric. This was fun. I love Bobo and the hot chocolate. I’m wondering why Santa never brought me or my kids hot chocolate. Maybe it’s a recent innovation. Things are always updating. Season’s Greetings! 😀 — Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Santa’s hot chocolate is strictly for him. It’s magical and it keeps him going through the long Christmas night. You wouldn’t want your kids to have his chocolate, unless you’d enjoy peeling them off the ceiling. 😉 Thanks Suzanne! Happy Holidays!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Your tale is well told as usual. Happy new year to you and your family. May many more lively stories spin out of your creative mind in 2018. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Don't be shy. Say something!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s