SEASON of TR$EASON (A 100-word “holiday” story)

By Jack A. Urquhart ©2011

It had to stop, he’d thought in acting: the humiliating front-yard proselytizing.

“JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON,” the placard read—his wife’s latest proclamation of faith emblazoned in Yuletide colors.

“This all started when we lost our boy,” he tried to explain, stung when she turned away.  “It doesn’t help.”

Surely his revision made that clear.

“Speak for yourself!” she cried, cold as Christmas Eve.  “You’ll have to leave, now,” she said, still contemplating his TR$EASON.  “There’s no faith between us anymore.”

Struck through, he caught his breath.  “Yes, I believe you’re right,” he replied.

About jaurquhart

Jack Andrew Urquhart was born in the American South. Following undergraduate work at the University of Florida, Gainesville, he taught in Florida's public schools. He earned a Master of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was the winner of the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Award for Fiction (1991). His work has appeared online at Clapboard House Literary Journal, Crazyhorse Literary Journal, and Standards: The International Journal of Multicultural Studies. He is the author of So They Say, a collection of self-contained, inter-connected stories and the short story, They Say You Can Stop Yourself Breathing. Formerly a writing instructor at the University of Colorado’s Writing Program, Mr. Urquhart was, until 2010, a senior analyst for the Judicial Branch of California. He resides in Washington State.
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