Prompt: Write a scene where your character is his/her worst enemy’s Secret Santa.
Benjamin’s Brilliant Boxed Candies
Inspired by a clever (and what others would call nasty) friend
Every year, Mrs. Grey’s fourth grade class played Secret Santa come the month of December. She would have each student pick a name from a decorative Santa hat and insist on them writing messages back and forth in what she liked to call the Secret Santa Message Service. She’d collect the messages and place them in a felt pocket board, one pocket for each student of hers.
Her enthusiasm for Secret Santa was infectious but for one particular student named Benjamin Calder, it was just an infection. Why?
He’d drawn Amy Sanders name.
Amy Sanders was a little know-it-all teacher’s pet who tattled for anything and everything that happened within the walls of the classroom and on the days she felt especially goody-goody she’d tattle about what happened during recess as well. Benjamin must have gotten in trouble twenty or so times that month alone because of her snitching (which was the only thing she seemed very good at, in Benjamin’s not so humble opinion.).
He sent a note asking Amy what she’d like for Christmas and teased her about whether or not she was on the naughty or nice list. Her reply only made him groan:
Of course I’ve been NICE! So give me something as sweet as me J
He grumbled and grumbled about having to give her a present until in a moment of inspiration, he had a clever (and what others would call nasty) idea. He would give her something sweet alright.
One night, he snuck out of bed and tip-toed into the kitchen. Pulling out all the pots and pans and moulds he could find, he filled them with a special mixture he had prepared and kept hidden from his mother, a pastry chef who prided herself on the best candy in town. She would tinker around in her shop, inventing marvellous new flavours and was quite excellent at it.
Now it was her son’s turn to experiment.
Benjamin’s mixture was that of milk chocolate and…mud. He’d scraped some out from the potted plants they’d kept at home, stirred in chocolate and water to make a muddy fudge filling. Pouring this concoction into the moulds he placed them in the freezer until they’d hardened. Next, he coated them red and green dyed white chocolate coating and left them to dry until the morning.
Once he was satisfied, he placed them in a little box and wrote Chunky Chocolate Candy on top. If anything only the ‘chunky’ part of the name was true.
The day of exchanging gifts, Benjamin was absolutely delighted with himself.
“Amy?” he tapped her shoulder, trying not to vomit looking at the grotesquely pink dress she was wearing.
Turning promptly, she smirked on seeing him. “Yes?”
“I’m your Secret Santa.” Ben admitted, holding out the wrapped box of candy.
“You?” Amy said incredulously.”Well then…thanks.”
“Your welcome.” Ben said with a big smile, excited for her to take a big bite.
Amy opened the box rather greedily and upon seeing an array of candy in the box, looked delighted and then stifled her excitement to pretend as if it were not a big deal. Hungrily, she stuffed two of the candies in her mouth and Ben’s smile only grew wider, nearly ear to ear in fact.
It was if the angels began singing when her face corkscrewed into a grimace, contorting into the ugliest look of disgust Ben had ever seen. “Ewwwwwwwwww!!” Amy squealed, spitting the contents of her mouth into her hands, utterly shocked. “WHAT IS THIS?”
“You said you wanted something as sweet as you.” Ben said innocently, somersaulting in his head. “And that,” He gestured to the spit-up in her palms, “is just how sweet you are, Amy.”
With that he walked off, proud of himself as Amy cursed him vehemently. “You are SO going to be on the NAUGHTY LIST!”
Well, Ben thought. It’s certainly worth it.