Not a Jolly Christmas


Photo by Akshata Ram

It was Christmas but she wasn’t feeling jolly.  Her relationship with Bo was over.  They’d been dating for a year and just when she thought that things were getting serious between them, he broke up with her.  She’d sat there on the park bench, stunned.  She hadn’t seen it coming.  She was speechless.

“Why?” she finally managed to ask.  “What did I do wrong?”

“There’s no easy way to say this, Chloe.  “I like you but I’m not in love with you.  If we stay together, you will be happy at first but then miserable later on.  You deserve to be with a guy who will love you as much as you love me.”

She flinched as if he’d struck her.  “I can’t believe it.”

“I’m sorry…I never meant to hurt you.”

It was the worst moment of her life.  She collapsed on the bed.  I can’t be Santa’s helper today.  I can’t face those kids.  Bo’s going to be there.  I can’t face him…

She wrote Bo a letter of resignation.


172 Words


This was written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted by Priceless Joy and Joe. For more information visit Here.  To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.

Sources:  Love Bondings; Cosmopolitan;

13 Responses to “Not a Jolly Christmas”

  1. thelonelyauthorblog Says:

    Hmmm… cheapo didn’t want to buy her a gift.
    Probably used the old, “It’s not me, It’s Yule.”
    Hate that.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Iain Kelly Says:

    A tough situation, but isn’t he better to be honest with her than string her along and make them both miserable for years to come?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. James Pyles Says:

    Never date your boss.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Priceless Joy Says:

    How sad that he picked that time to break up with her. Heartbreaking story!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Abhijit Ray Says:

    Any breakup is painful. Better now than sometime down the road. There is never a better time.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ira PT Says:

    Sometimes things happen for our best and this was good for her as he was clear and didn’t drag their relationship uselessly…

    Liked by 1 person

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