The I Saw Lightning Fall blog has a tradition of hosting 100-word spooky flash fiction stories on Chrismtas Eve: Advent Ghosts. I couldn't resist. Here's my own contribution ...
While You Sleep
She would stay awake this year, she would. Every Christmas Eve she made the same vow. Every year sleep betrayed her. She would awake with a gasp to the glittering presents on her bed and the cold thought he’d been in her room, standing there while she slept.
But she was ten now, no longer a child. If she stayed awake, he couldn’t come in. That was the rule. Everyone knew it. This was her room, where she felt safe. Every other night of the year.
She waited, trying to ignore the smothering weight of tiredness filling up her mind.
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