100 Word Challenge for Grownups: Guests

This week, Julia gave us a seasonal prompt – “twas the night before Christmas.” As usual, all we have to do is add 100 words to it for a ministory. What I came up with was this tale of a woman who’s feeling overburdened…please tell me what you think of it!


Twas the night before Christmas. Sarah’s house was bursting; she was fuming. “It’s David’s fault,” she told her neighbor Abby-the-gossip. “Invites every no-good who claims to need help to stay.”

“Looks like you’ll have one more soon,” smirked Abby, glancing at a very-pregnant girl.

She was right. Sarah would have liked to order Abby out when the girl’s labor started, but Abby was a good midwife and she needed the help. At last it was over. Abby peered at the newborn. “This one’s a troublemaker. Look how he’s started,” she said happily.

“Oh, nonsense.” Sarah smiled at the weary mother. “He’s a miracle, like all babies.”

13 responses to “100 Word Challenge for Grownups: Guests

  1. still waiting for our Christmas baby

  2. The miracle of life. Always special.

  3. Sharon, nice juxtaposition of the person who loves reaching out and the person who loves being negative. The latter are much too prevalent!!

    • Thank you! Yes – it’s so easy to fall into sneering at people, and so many people encourage that attitude by making fun of you if you do reach out. Anyway, dragging myself determinedly out of the gloom, I’m glad you like it.

      • I followed your link and submitted by FF “Twas the Night Before Christmas” story, since it fit the requirements. I hope that’s OK. If not, she’ll have to ax it. Could be fun to do another story each week–or else I’ll drive myself crazy. 🙂

      • Yay! It’s contagious. (I’ve been enjoying tackling both story challenges for several months now.) And your piece does fit in, I think – most of the submissions so far have been takeoffs on the original poem too. 🙂

      • Oh, no! More time writing and reading! Yikes! But fun and good practice.

  4. Nice twist on the original Christmas story.

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