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Not here (Friday Fictioneers)

December 7, 2017

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson


I hate it here. It’s cold and damp and smells weird.

At home it will be hot. There’s the smell of BBQ on the air, the buzz of flies and ensuing arm flapping, and the sweet tang of rum custard. The scent of sweat and armpits and train BO… okay, so not everything is better. Christmas dinner is salads and cold meats, trifles and pavlova. Waiting for the sun to set so Santa can arrive means the kids are drooping where they sit but still they fight sleep. I miss it and I want to go back. I want home.


This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word Count:100


Its ironic because this year they are saying it will be cold and damp! Today it’s raining buckets. 



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  1. The smells in this were gorgeous

  2. A summer Christmas just doesn’t feel right to me. How does Santa land his sleigh without snow?

    • Luckily sand is just as soft here as snow… and water too. I mean he us santa… he can land anywhere 😉

  3. Now this reminded of my years living in Fiji! Hot, sunny Christmas Days were wonderful – I miss them too. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  4. That sweet tang of rum custard made my mouth drool. Delicious prose.

  5. Dear Laurie,

    When Santa gets to the Land Down Under does he switch to shorts and flipflops? Lovely story. I wouldn’t mind a warm Christmas. 😉



    • Yup… too hot here for long coats and hats. He wears sunglasses too… and surfs. Did you know that? 😉

  6. So many different senses involved here. Really well done.

  7. Home always smells better. Good one Laurie.

  8. Dale permalink

    Home is where the heart is! I spent Christmas in Florida once. Missed the snow…. Mind you, I could adapt… 😉

  9. We have the same association in India with Diwali, when most families get together, wherever they might be. And what a great contra take on the association of snow and cold with Christmas. Loved it.

  10. My grandkids have to endure hot Christmases so I ways send them cans of artificial snow to scatter in their garden!

    Click to read my FriFic!

  11. I love the way you mostly use smell to conjure up the differences between Christmas in the two hemispheres. A nostalgic story, that is a quite different take on the prompt.

  12. Love how you turned Christmas to the southern hemisphere… I would feel strange if it was too warm 🙂

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