SoCS December 27/14 – Consume


This week’s word is “consume”

A shadow stands over me.

I open one eye and then the other struggles to lift itself.

Above me stands a figure I have come to know all too well.

‘It’s you,’ I say.

‘Yes,’ he says.

‘It’s about yesterday isn’t it?’

‘Yes afraid so.’

‘I ate too much?’


‘Drank too much?’


‘Partied too hard?’


‘I feel crap.’


Its an annual ritual at my place the ghost of Christmas Repentance turns up and we have this little conversation while at the same time I am attempting to deny all responsibility.

‘You did consume a little more than you should.’ he says.

‘My brain, my stomach and every bone and muscle of my body agree.’ I say.

‘We go through this every year. You are a slow learner aren’t you?’

‘But it’s Christmas.’

‘You do the same at New Year and on your birthday.’

‘But only you come round to point the finger at my excesses.’

‘My job,’ he says. ‘They’d have my guts for garters if I didn’t come round and remind you on our excessive consuming habits.’

‘Well you’ve done your job, bugger off and leave me to my misery.’

‘Gladly.’ he says.

Then he’s gone and I’m left with a headache big enough to keep my head in the pillow for the next five hours while around me children party and play with their Christmas gifts creating just enough mess to engage my already addled brain with the prospect of cleaning a house trashed as their Christmas gift to me.

Next year I shall consume less, be responsible, show some restraint, maturity but who am I kidding says the demon at the back of my mind still wearing his Christmas party hat and planning next year’s festivities.

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17 Responses to SoCS December 27/14 – Consume

  1. JackieP says:

    Ah yes, the excesses of the holidays. lol Good read Michael.

  2. LindaGHill says:

    Haha! Your ghost haunted me just a little today as well. 🙂 Nicely written.

  3. alienorajt says:

    Ah! The lugubrious Ghost of Christmas Repentance: a familiar visitor! Nice one! Alienora

  4. Hah i love tbis the bugger off made me laugh but you know ive been feeling this repentance too xx

  5. Enjoyed this. I know that guy myself.

  6. Loved this. So very true, for many of us, I daresay!

  7. Ah well done, Michael!! Love your dialogues you write, I can hear a voice narrate them. Of course, “bugger off” makes me smile because it is an expression I hear from UK, Australia and New Zealand…so it puts a voice to your narrative even more:)

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