Third Time Lucky?

His sleepy eyes looked across at the horizon, trying to pay attention to the glint of light that suggested movement. Downstairs the faint sound of sleigh bells rang, diminishing with every second.

He quickly jumped out of bed and ran towards the living room. Sure enough, the cookies he had kept had disappeared and there was a neatly wrapped gift under the Christmas tree.

Whoever said third time lucky was wrong. Santa had gone before he even had a chance to see him arrive.


Trish N.

The photo prompt has been given by Trish Nankivell at the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The word prompt (Horizon) has been given by Denise Farley at the Girlie on the Edge.

27 responses to “Third Time Lucky?”

  1. And one in the eye for those who claim Santa doesn’t exist?

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    1. Well he didn’t actually ‘see’ Santa

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  2. I’d check in Mummy’s room, Santa has been known to hang out there!

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  3. I wonder how many little kids have laid similar traps, hoping for a glimpse 🙂

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  4. I do something similar every year. One day ….!

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    1. As the saying goes, ‘try till you succeed’

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  5. Need to be quick to spot Santa!

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  6. He needs to put a (rein)deer cam on the roof.

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    1. Doubt he’d get that in a gift soon

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  7. That Santa is a tricky one, but he has a lot of practice staying out of sight, I guess. Nice story.
    -David

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  8. Santas are sneaky, that’s for sure, and very fast. A very sweet story!

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    1. That’s probably how he delivers gifts all over the world in one night 🤔

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  9. Such a lovely little story!!

    Happy holidays!

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  10. Santa… the mysterious dude that only seems to show up for the rich. Sorry, I’m not a Santa fan.

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      1. Sorry, I was feeling rather snarky when I said that. I just wasn’t raised with Santa Claus and his hoopla.

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  11. Missed him again – damn!

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  12. You made me smile, lovely

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