Not Just for Christmas – Friday Fictioneers, December 2014

Copyright: Bjorn Rudberg

“Sod off.”

George doesn’t do Christmas; the dog evidently does.

The food parcel left on George’s step by do-gooders has been strewn across the garden, only the cans unsullied by teeth marks.

There’s a label stuck to a tinsel garland round the mutt’s neck.

“Unwanted Christmas Gift.”

“Too right, buddy,” growls George, shutting the door.

He turns up the television to drown the whining outside, but at bedtime the dog is curled up on the now icy step.

“Git your ass in here then, but it’s just one night, understand?”

The dog understands; he can read humans.

That’s why he’s here.

See I can do happy!  🙂   Merry Christmas to all  writing friends and colleagues. In whichever way you choose to celebrate, make it a special one.  And thanks once again to Rochelle, our genial hostess, and the fairy on top of the Friday Fictioneers’ Christmas tree.


About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
This entry was posted in Friday Fictioneers, Just Sayin' and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

73 Responses to Not Just for Christmas – Friday Fictioneers, December 2014

  1. Dear Sandra,

    Ooh, I like being the fairy atop the tree. 😉 With sparkly wings of course.

    Yeah…just for one night. Very sweet story. I’m sure these two are going to be good for each other.

    Well written as always.



    Liked by 1 person

  2. i b arora says:

    how beautifully you conclude your stories, i do envy you, congrats


  3. Well-crafted tale, expertly written as always.


  4. suej says:

    You are a great story teller, Sandra.


  5. Sandra, You can indeed do happy! I loved that story. The dog has won that guy over already and knows it even though the man doesn’t. 🙂 Well written as always. Happy Holidays! 🙂 — Suzanne


  6. This could be the beginning of one of those feel-good movies.. love what the dog might do to George.. I think it’s just the beginning, and it made me happy to read 🙂


  7. yarnspinnerr says:

    That says a lot in less than 100 words.
    Season greetings.


  8. rogershipp says:

    I agree. Animals can read people, Enjoyed the dialogue and the ending of the story.


  9. paulmclem says:

    Thanks for another year of your stories. Merry Christmas to all on the barge!


  10. billgncs says:

    Merry Christmas, and that’s a fine story to celebrate with!


  11. storydivamg says:

    This sounds very much like the way a persistent 6-pound package of fur and claws turned me into a “cat person.” Who can leave a sweet fur baby out in the weather?

    Lovely Christmas story, Sandra.

    Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  12. rgayer55 says:

    George is my kind a guy, a crusty old curmudgeon. Wonder what he’ll name the ornery mutt–Shithead? I predict this Christmas story is destined to become a classic. We can cast Doug to play George in the movie version and Perry can portray the dog. You can be the hot neighbor lady next door. How does that sound?

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Well, I suspect there is nothing for anyone to say after gayer’s comments – that is, if you can pull up your jaw after it has dropped down to the floor as hard as it has.

    I was simply going to say “woof. woof.” and see if George would take me in, too.
    happy holidays to you, George, and I guess the “shithead.” (ugh, what a name!).



  14. Oh and that made me so happy! 🙂 Rochelle is the “purple” fairy on top of the “purple” Christmas tree. 😀 Merry Christmas Sandra! Love your story (as always!)


  15. Indira says:

    Very sweet story Sandra. Merry Christmas.


  16. Subroto says:

    Smart dog. I am glad it ended on a pawsitive note and not a ruff ending.


  17. plaridel says:

    what a beautiful christmas story. truly enjoyed it. happy holidays.


  18. emmylgant says:

    Very well done Christmas tale.


  19. Very Scrooge-ish twist to it. Lovely.


  20. draliman says:

    It sounds to me like they’re going to become firm friends (though George will never admit it, of course!).


  21. adamjasonp says:

    A happy story that starts off with “sod off” and a mess left by the dog. Nice ending—poor dog.


  22. kalpana solsi says:

    Woof woof. Canines can understand humans. and Guess it’s not for one night……………


  23. I like the subtle relationship you built between the man and dog and each of their personalities, Sandra. That’s evidently one smart dog. I hope you had a good Christmas. 🙂


  24. Margaret says:

    Two lonely souls who need each other, I suspect. A match made in heaven. Lovely story.


  25. This is lovely. My heart always goes out to “unwanted” animals. That’s how we got our cat – Freya. Wonderful take on the sod. Happy New Year.


  26. Amy Reese says:

    Awww, that dog is going to be curled up at the foot of his bed in no time! Great story. How can you turn down a cold dog? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Sandra!


  27. Ellespeth says:

    🙂 Well, there ya have it – a lifelong friendship.
    Happy Holidays, Sandra!


  28. liz young says:

    Bless! Loved it 🙂


  29. You bring a tear to my beady little eye, Sandra, really.
    Is it okay that somebody from Virginia adopts “Sod off!” Regardless, I’m going to add it immediately to my repertoire. And, good girl, in the true spirit of Christmas, nobody got bumped off! Fa La La!!


    • Sandra says:

      I’m not altogether sure that “sod off” would be useful addition to the vocabulary of a nice girl from Virginia. I’ll try to think of something more … er … ladylike. Just sharpening the knives and mixing up the poison ready for the New Year, Barbara. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.


      • Oh no, Steel Magnolias need a little unexpected ammunition in their verbal bag of tricks. I think it is awesome and I can’t wait to use it! I’ll add my brilliant British accent while doing so. And I’m eager to read just who meets their bitter end in Sandra’s world this coming year.

        Liked by 1 person

  30. Grace says:

    It seems so bittersweet, and yet heartwarming at the same time. It was a little bit hard to understand at first reading, but after a few rereads I had it.


  31. The ending could go in any direction. I love the mystery of it. I would love to discover why the dog really came.


  32. Wonderful story, for some reason makes me think of The Gift of the Magi. You never disappoint, Sandra!


  33. hafong says:

    Who can say no to a mutt! I’m like George. 🙂



  34. Clearly, you do happy very well, Sandra! Loved this one. I enjoyed George’s curmudeony approach to the entire situation.


  35. wildbilbo says:

    Great – very clever little story.


  36. Judee says:

    What a lovely and perfectly timed Christmas tale! 🙂


I'd love to hear your views; it reassures me I'm not talking to myself.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.