Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – A Series of Unfortunate Events before Christmas. 


Gia gritted her teeth in frustration, trying to complete her last final exam before the Christmas holiday. She was a University student in her thirties. Gia’s husband, Tyler,  worked as a Lawyer while she finished her business degree part-time and raised two children. 

Gia threw her school bag in her car and drove to the mall for Christmas shopping. At the mall she efficiently found presents for her family, even Tyler who was always hard to buy for. When Gia returned to her car, it wouldn’t start. 

Reluctantly, Gia locked all the presents in her trunk and started the long walk home. She couldn’t get through to anyone for a ride, not even a cab. It started to rain and Gia pulled out a red umbrella from her purse. The umbrella broke. 

Worse, when Gia was leaning down to tie her shoes a man ran by and grabbed her purse. Lucky her keys were in her jacket. She began to cry and her tears mixed with the rain. She found a 7-11 on the way and begged the the man working at the cash register to call her a cab. He did and Gia hoped Tyler still kept an extra credit card in his desk drawer for emergencies. 

When Gia went to put the credit card back, she found a picture of cute blond in Tyler’s front desk drawer. She was surprised to find a series of love letters between Tyler and the woman, Elizabeth. 

When Tyler came home with the kids, Gia was still crying. She put the TV on loud while she cooked dinner, so the kids could watch and told Tyler about the letters she found. He admitted he had been writing and sleeping with Elizabeth since before he married Gia. She didn’t understand why Tyler even married her if he had always been seeing Elizabeth. But she managed to get her car towed to her house and to deal with her credit and bank cards. Gia was heart broken and exhausted after a long hard day. 

She brought in the presents from the car as her kids slept. She wrapped them all, including the ones for Tyler. She wrote them heart felt cards and when it was around midnight and her husband was still working in his office, she packed her bags. 

Earlier Gia had booked a last minute trip to Hawaii. She had kept the credit card from Tyler’s office; she knew he wouldn’t blame her. Gia needed to think and Hawaii over Christmas was the place to do it. 

  
Thanks to Priceless Joy for hosting. Merry Christmas! 

©Mandibelle16. All Rights Reserved. 

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26 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – A Series of Unfortunate Events before Christmas. ”

  1. Gia certainly is a very strong person. You wonder, just how much can a person take in one day! For her to be able to act like nothing was wrong around the children and even wrap presents…especially His, is amazing. She was wise to hold onto the credit card and make the arrangements for her trip. I doubt she will have any fun, but at least she will have a chance to think things through without having to make a snap decision of what comes next. Wonderful story, though very sad and depressing, but life is like that….there are are good times and bad times and you do not always get to choose when they happen.

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    1. Lol. I’m sorry it was so sad and depressing. I guess that’s what came out today. I didn’t want a sickeningly sweet Christmas story either. Thanks for reading and your insightful comments.

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