World of Spirits

In about 100 words, Dale Nelson gives us a seasonally appropriate short, short story.

World of Spirits
By Dale Nelson

220px-Marley's_Ghost-John_Leech,_1843The first spirit showed him himself as a boy absorbed by Pac-Man.  He didn’t want to go outside and play.  The second spirit showed him his present-day self, hunched over in his cubicle.  Olivia walked sadly past him.  The third spirit showed mourners glancing at their smartphones as a coffin was lowered.

Must these things be?” he cried to the mute and terrible form. 

He woke.  Snow-light shone up into his bedroom.  He leaped out of bed and flung up his window.

Merry Christmas!” he cried to the street where no one passed.  They were all inside with their devices.

Copyright 2022 by Dale Nelson. All rights reserved.


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