Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – The Christmas Surprise


From her window, she could see the lights outside twinkling brightly.
The winds were blowing and hissing. A blizzard was on the way.

The fireplace wood crackled as it warmed the room. She watched the flames dance. 

Strange seeing Christmas decorations up this year. Her friends had encouraged her. ‘Just do it,’ they said.

But, she felt lonely.  Isolation from family, friends, and Ron off on a business trip. Pointless! 

It looks like *Jack is going to keep me company tonight again. 

Ron arrived home early, his Christmas surprise. He found her.

Bottle in hand, killed her and her pain.

2020©Isadora De La Vega

Word Count: 100

Genre: Flash Fiction

Photo Prompt:©Dale Rogerson

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***** ‘Jack’ a form of referring to the Jack Daniels – Tennessee Whiskey.

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Christmas Surprise

  1. Christmas is coming soon! Let’s get gifts for your lovers!


  2. I was just getting in the Christmas mood and then bam! Well done:-)

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    • I couldn’t get in the mood for Christmas even if I received a cash reward. After all, COVID Isolation is the perfect excuse for not going through the work. Thank you for stopping by and reading my story. I think many will have severe bouts of depression once it gets closer to Christmas. After all, family is Christmas not gifts. Be Safe … Isadora 😎

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  3. Wonderfully written tragedy, Isadora. I fear for many during this awful year. So many lonely people, trying to cope.

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  4. Ah, sad but very well done. My entry is also this weeks Friday Fictioneers.

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  5. A very poignant and sad ending, Brilliantly written Isadora

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  6. A chilling finish, two life’s ruined

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  7. An unexpected ending, it took my breath. I’m afraid for those who are suffering with isolation and depression during this COVID Christmas. Your story was excellently written, Isadora. Stay safe, stay well!!


    • Thank you for your extremely kind words and for coming by for a visit. I always appreciate all who take the time.
      Yes, we’re living in a time that is creating serious mental illnesses. I don’t think Christmas is the only culprit behind it. Let’s pray we get passed this pandemic without major collateral damage. Have a peaceful relaxing Sunday. Be Safe … Isadora 😎

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  8. Ah, so that’s who Jack was. Very sad and poignant, but sympathetically written, Isadora.

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    • OH … I just assummed people knew that ‘Jack’ is a slang way of asking for Jack Daniels – a Tennessee Whiskey. I’ll have to add that at the bottom of my story. Thank you for coming by and reading my story. I appreciate and thank you for your wonderful comment. Be Safe …
      Isadora 😎


  9. Querida Isadora,

    Such a tragic story. I’m sure that wasn’t the homecoming Ron was expecting. Such a warm cozy setting to receive such a sucker punch at the end. Bien escrito 😉

    Shalom y abrazos,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      The photo was very cozy. I started out to write a comfy Christmas tale. But, my fingers listened to my brain and not my heart. Tragedy popped in to sit at the table. Yes, Ron and anyone else in her life will be affected forever. COVID depression is visiting many homes. Gracias por sus buenas palabras. Que pases un Domingo con allegria. XOXO
      Be Safe … Isadora 😎

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  10. What a tragic ending. Poor Ron who wanted to surprise her.

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  11. what a miserable backdrop you painted. still, it wasn’t ending i expected.

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  12. So much for a merry Christmas. When emotions drift so far apart there are consequences as in this unexpected ending.

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  13. A great contrast between the cosy opening and the cjhilling ending

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  14. Wow. Tragic. You drew us in with the decorations, and killed with that last line!

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  15. And the image is a nice compliment to the words.

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  16. Heart warming piece. ♥️😊I like it.

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  17. That’s terribly sad. Tragic ending, very well written.

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