The Ghost of Christmas Present
“The name of the family isn’t Cratchit, is it?” Scrooge wondered.
“This is the family Burnsides,” the Ghost of Christmas Present informed him. “But the spirit is the same.”
The pair stood in the center of a dingy room. Three or four malnourished youngsters and their harrowed-looking mother sat around a table less-than-filled with meager edibles.
“I don’t even know these people,” Scrooge grumbled. “But this is miserable. I’ll send them a check first thing in the morning.”
“Hush! Here comes the father,” the spectre hissed.
The door flung wide and a thin, pallid man entered. On his back was an emaciated young boy of about seven or eight, clinging to crutches.
“Oh, Christ!” Scrooge moaned. “Don’t tell me—”
“The youngest of the clan. Timothy Burnsides,” the spirit said smugly.
Once the saintly little sufferer was lovingly placed in his seat at the head of the table, he beamed upon the others.
“God bless us, every—-”
“What the fuck!” screamed Scrooge, weeping bitterly and looking away. “I tell you I don’t even know these poor sonsofbitches! Give me the address here and I’ll come over tomorrow and give the little motherfucker whatever he wants! This is horrible, but I’m not to blame!”
The spectre merely nodded and pulled Scrooge out of the scene.
“There’s always a fucking Tiny Tim,” Scrooge muttered to himself.
…to be continued
The third part of the writing challenge BlogFestivus 2013–A Christmas Carol!
Here are the participants:
Amy penning at Fix it or Deal
Tom over at Shouts from the Abyss
Steve from Stevil
Maria-Christina blogging at MCWhispers
Dylan of Treatment of Visions (c’est moi!)
Sarah from Parent Your Business
Dawn blogging at Lingering Visions
K8edid from k8edid
Dave bringing it at 1pointperspective
Eileen from Not The Sword But The Pen
Lindsey at RewindRevise
Kandy of Kandy Talk
Sandra writing at In Love With Words
Natalie from So I Went Undercover
Jen at Blog It or Lose It
Amelie from In the Barberry
Cee Cee blogging at Cee Cee’s Blog
Ashley from LittleWonder2
BD writing Blogdramedy