It feels like I just finished writing the story for the Halloweensie contest and packed away the pinecone turkey centerpieces from Thanksgiving, and here I am again with another contest entry. I love KidLit contests and can't get enough of them. Here's the link, if you'd like to check out the other entries. https://susannahill.com/2019/12/09/ho-ho-ho-the-9th-annual-holiday-contest-is-here/
This one is a winter holiday contest. Rules state that there can be no illustration notes. It must written for kids (12 or under) and be about a holiday treat. Also, it can not be more than 250 words. Hope you enjoy reading it. Leave a comment in the box below to let me know what you think.
THE CANDY CANE CATSATROPHE
By MaryAnn Cortez (250 words)
“Where’s the candy cane?”
“One-minute Santa’s magic candy cane was in my hand and the next, POOF! It was gone. PLE-E-E-ASE Tinsel, make another one, quick!”
“Sorry, Chip. I can make a normal candy cane lickety-split, but a time-bending candy cane - that takes a whole year to cure.”
Chip scratched his head. “But, doesn’t it speed-UP time?”
Tinsel sighed. “It all has to do with fancy physics, something called a relativity cloud, stretching and shrinking time and precise planning.”
Chip’s heart sank. “First day on the job, and Santa’s going to fire me. How can I fix this?”
“I’ve got it.”
“Everybody in the sleigh. Santa’s going to need lots of help.”
OOF! SQUISH. SNAP!
“Nope. Everybody out. Put the presents back in the bag.” Chip rubbed his temples.
“Fifty elves might have been pushing it.” Tinsel said.
Santa checked the reindeer’s gear.
Chip paced. “Maybe, if he shrinks himself…”
Chip slumped. “Well then, that’s it. I’m fired.”
“Where’s my cocoa?” Santa boomed. “We’re late.”
Chip scooped up his cap and went to confess.
“Sugar cookies! It’s been stuck on here all along!”
“Sorry, Santa. I thought I’d lost the candy cane, but I found it.”
Chip dusted off the fuzz and handed the candy to Santa. “Can I have another chance… Sir?”
Santa stirred his cocoa, then took a sip. “Perfect! No time to waste. I’ll need your help, Chip. Hop on. We’ll make this Christmas merry for all.”