250 Words

2015 Christmas Invasion Flash Fiction Finalist

Dear Santa,


Am I on your good list? Mum and Dad reckon I’ve been good, and brave. I did eat a chunk of Christmas pudding last year and blamed it on the dog, and I did puncture Timmy’s bike tyres after he called me “baldy”…but besides that, I have been good. Really truly, I have.

Mum says I should write a list of what I want for Christmas. We don’t have a chimney, but she says you can still deliver presents. If so, can you get inside my bubble? The walls are only plastic, but I don’t want you or the reindeer to get sick, especially Rudolf. He’s my favourite.

Anyway, I don’t want you to give me anything for Christmas. I want you to take away the:

—     ventilator

—     dialysis machine

—     plastic bubble

—     nanobots

Mum says the little robots got rid of the cancer, but now they’ve invaded and gone rogue. I think that means they’re attacking things inside me they aren’t meant to.

To be honest, the bubble isn’t that bad, but I miss Mum’s hugs and kicking the footy with Dad. I even miss playing with Timmy. Mum says the nanobots might spread to anything organic, so I have to stay here by myself.

I hope my letter reaches you, as the corner of the paper has become see-through. Paper isn’t organic…is it?

Please come. I’ll ask Mum to leave a carrot for Rudolf.


Your friend,


Melanie Rees is an environmental consultant whose work involves playing with soil and plants and animals. When she isn’t gallivanting in the mud or stuck up a tree she writes speculative fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Apex, Aurealis, Penumbra, Cosmos, and Daily Science Fiction. In the real world, she lives in a straw house with a menagerie of animals in regional South Australia. Online she lives at http://www.flexirees.wordpress.com/ and on Twitter @FlexiRees.



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