Story challenge – write a story in less than 100 words

Our final story challenger for 2019 comes from Phil Clinker. Phil’s response to the challenge comes in the form of ‘The Old Man’ which you can read below.

The Old Man

Christmas Day. Late morning. The old man pulled the blanket up to his chin to keep the cold at bay. He was freezing, his bones ached and teeth chattered. He’d endured a rough, sleepless night, and needed to make up for it. If only he didn’t feel so desperately cold …

and lonely. He sighed. Old people should never be alone at this time of the year, he thought, wiping a tear from his eye as he snuggled further into his bed.

Outside, Prancer and the others chewed on carrots, unaware of their master’s depression.

95 words


Thank you for that, Phil. I love how you’ve used Santa as a metaphor for all those poor old people out there suffering alone.

No one should be alone at Christmas, unless they want to be. We need to take care of our old folk. And of course at this time of the year it is also worth thinking about those poor homeless people, cold and lonely on the street.

Click on the link below to see how you can help a homeless person this Christmas. What better gift?

Let’s end homelessness together. 



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