The Spot Writers – “Hot for a Reason” by Cathy MacKenzie

Welcome to The Spot Writers. December’s theme is to write a story that involves baking or a fire, something to take our minds off the chill in the air.

This week’s story comes from Cathy MacKenzie. Cathy’s one-woman publishing company, MacKenzie Publishing, has published two anthologies: OUT OF THE CAVE and TWO EYES OPEN, two collections of short stories by authors around the world, to read during the day…or at night, as long as two eyes are open. Not “horrific horror”…more like intrigue, mystery, thriller. Simply good reads. BUY IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!


OUT OF THE CAVE (milder stories for 13+):


Hot for a Reason by Cathy MacKenzie

“I’m so hot.”

“Me, too.”

“And so bright.  I’m blinded.”

“Yeah, I agree. But what can we do?”

“Not much. We’re holed in here. Literally.”


“Yeah, kinda means there’s no hope.”

“We’re doomed, you mean?”

“Yeah, kinda. Until we burn out.”

“But everyone burns out eventually, right?”

“Yeah, can’t help burnout.  Life’s like that, but if we didn’t burn out, we’d explode. And we don’t want that.”

“Nope, that would be serious. We could cause a tree fire and the house would burn down. No one needs that at Christmas.”

“I agree. So I’m happy for burnout, the lesser of the evils.”

“You’re such a nice person.”

“Haha! I am, aren’t I? Am I glowing with your praise?”

“You are. Nice and bright.  I love your blue.”

“You’re not so bad yourself. Green looks nice alongside me. And how about neighbour Red?”

“Red, like Elfie on the shelf.”

“Haha, that’s his name. I heard his girlfriend is Eleanor. Two kids were here earlier talking about their elves: one named Red, the other Eleanor. They put Eleanor in Barbie’s bed and waited for Red to join her.”

“That sounds X-rated.”

“Nothing happened. The kids gave up when an older child said they weren’t supposed to touch the elves. That ruins the magic.”

“Christmas is such a nice time of year.”

“It is.”

“Let’s shine as bright as we can. And spread our glow throughout the land.”

“Yeah, let’s do that. And wish the world a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and PEACE ON EARTH.”


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