Despair and Anguish

My 100-word Christmas story for 2021.

Despair and Anguish
by Lester D. Crawford

I sit at the edge of the world, a world filled with despair and anguish, a world where all hope is lost. A devil draped in a flag came to spread evil and hatred everywhere, taking everything, consuming everyone. All is lost, and I am spent.


Then, before me appears a dragon of red, green, blue, silver, and gold.


“I am sent by the Spirit of Christmas to give you purpose,” says the dragon. “Use your heart to fight the evil. Giving and forgiving, loving and sharing, kindness and compassion will bring hope back to you and to the world.”

Years ago, Loren Eaton at I Saw Lightning Fall inspired me to write a 100-word Advent Ghosts Christmas story. Now, every year, I write a 100-word Christmas story. It’s always fun.

Read stories submitted by other writers here: Advent Ghosts 2021: The Stories.

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5 comments

  1. Loren Eaton says:

    I like this one, Lester! We could all use hefty dose of optimism this time of year.

    • Lester D. Crawford says:

      Thank you, Loren.

      With all that’s happening nationally and in the world piled on top of working on a story that takes place on a depressing dystopian world, this story expresses my mood and my fight to prevail.

  2. I could do with a visit from that dragon!

  3. I dig that dragon. Surprising and perfect.