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John So-And-So
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One of my favorites: "Nicholas Was...", a 100-word holiday story by Neil Gaiman.



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Nicholas Was…

Older than sin, and his beard could grow no whiter.

He wanted to die.

The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did not speak his language, but conversed in their own, twittering tongue; conducted incomprehensible rituals when they were not actually working in the factories.

Once every year they forced him, sobbing and protesting, into Endless Night. During the journey he would stand near every child in the world, leave one of the dwarves’ invisible gifts by its bedside. The children slept, frozen in time.

He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher.

Ho. Ho. Ho.
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That's harsh and hilarious
 
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"Come on! Come on! Come and get it, baby! Come on! I don't got all day! Come on! Come on! Come on you bastard! Come on, you too! Oh, you want some of this? "
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He originally wrote that as a Christmas card to be sent to his friends. A classic, to be sure.
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Yeah, I read that about a month ago, then sat there with my mouth hanging open. Gaiman is freakin' brilliant.
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