A Changed Man

Ebenezer Scrooge was an acquisitive man who only thought about himself and he would never assist others that asked for his help.  He despised children feeling that they were all fractious brats in need of a spanking.  The cold-hearted miser had spent most of his childhood in boarding school isolated and forgotten by his family.  His deceased sister Fan, was the mother of Fred, his nephew and only living relative.  Ebenezer was engaged to be married when he was a young adult, however, the wedding was called off when his fiancée learned about his obsession with money and she said that she was done with him. Scrooge turned his focus completely to his business and did not attempt to make any friends or to maintain any other relationships.  He had only one friend, Jacob Marley, who was also his business partner.  Jacob Marley is now deceased and Mr. Scrooge was visited one night by Marley’s ghost and told that all of his problems have been caused by a vampire.

Scrooge found out that he was descended from an aristocratic family that lived in Bulgaria and that one of his ancestors staked a vampire through his chest with an iron rod.  Ebenezer found out that his nephew Fred, along with his loyal employee Bob Cratchit started to seal up all of the popcorn filled portholes to prevent this nasty garlic odor from penetrating his business, not knowing that they were placed there to ward off the vampire.  Scrooge always thought that vampires were fallacious fictions of human fantasy, but now that a ghost was talking to him, they seemed more believable.  The vampire manifested itself before Ebenezer and to illustrate his point that he was in charge of Ebenezer’s fate, and he crippled Tiny Tim as he was tiptoeing through the tulips.  Tiny Tim contracted renal tubular acidosis, and then Ebenezer, Fred and Bob Cratchit all drove a wooden stake soaked in garlic Holy Water through his heart.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Acquisitive, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Done, for the Daily Spur prompt – Assist, for FOWC with Fandango – Vampire, for July Monthly Writing Prompts – Popcorn filled portholes, for Nova’s Daily Random Word prompt – Fractious, for Ragtag Community – Odor and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Illustrate.

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