Twenty freshly baked gingerbread men rested on the baking sheet.
“It didn’t work,” I said, disappointed.
“They have to be decorated.”
With anticipation, we slathered icing onto the cookies, creating candied faces. I watched gleefully as they came to life. For a moment, cinnamon magic swirled in the air like snow in the wind.
Shattering the Christmas spirit, the cookies began to ransack the kitchen. They spilled the molasses, lit the gas stove, and guzzled the eggnog.
I envisioned last year’s peaceful gingerbread village. What had gone wrong?
“Oh no,” he said, tasting the left-over dough. “We didn’t add enough sugar!”
#FLASHFICTION101 NOVEMBER 2020 SHORTLISTED ENTRY
November's #FlashFiction101 shortlist is made up of 23 stories, with one story being released daily as an advent calendar of festive flash fiction. Look out for a new story every day with the winning entry being announced on the 24th December 2021.
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