A (Slightly-Inappropriate) 100-Word Short Story
By Nate Melcher
Inspired by the card’s artwork
She’d begged the Claus to resist the elves’ sweet treat recipes for hundreds of years. Just eat healthier, she’d pleaded. This Christmas Eve, for reasons he couldn’t quite explain, the Claus thought maybe she was right.
He passed the snowman, as he had thousands, and for the first time he noticed the long orange nose.
Is that a vegetable, he wondered. I’ve heard of these.
Thinking himself alone, he plucked the carrot from the smiling face.
That’s when the sirens wailed and the lights flashed.
So this is what eating healthy gets me, thought the Claus. Finally, I am caught.
You can read more about my process in crafting fifteen short stories based on Christmas greeting cards. Thank you for reading!