Read by Silas Hawkins
Krampus sighed as he bit the head off the mini chocolate replica of himself. How has it come to this? he thought. I used to be feared and dreaded. People were terrified of me. Mothers told their children terrible stories about how I would haul them kicking and screaming off to the underworld if they weren’t good.
Krampus had shaken with delight when he heard his name being whispered once more. He’d dusted off his chains and bells. He’d polished his horns and sharpened his fangs. He'd even bought a new bunch of birch twigs from a woodsman who lived nearby.
Krampus could hardly contain his excitement when the whispers became louder and louder until they had turned into shouts which hurt his ears and set his fangs on edge. But, somehow or other, he'd managed to control himself and keep his emotions in check. That was, until tonight – Krampusnacht.
As the sun slipped away over the horizon, Krampus had rushed out of his cave with a deafening roar, whipping and thrashing his chains and bells around his head with a ferocity not even he knew he possessed. He had stomped into town baring his fangs and brandishing his bundle of birch twigs at all he passed.
But no-one had been scared. Nobody had screamed, trembled and tried to run away. Instead they had laughed, pointed and taken photos of him on their phones. One child had even dared to hand him the mini chocolate replica of himself with not just a smile but a hug.
“I’ll show them,” Krampus muttered, ripping off the replica’s arm and swallowing it whole. “They’ll all be sorry when they see who I really am,” he growled, stuffing the mini chocolate Krampus’ legs into his mouth. “Just let them wait. I’ll make sure they’ll never sleep soundly in their beds again,” he snarled, ramming the remainder of the sweet-tasting figure between his lips. “But first,” he said, licking his fingers, “I’ll have to have another one of these.”
(c) Samantha Braham, 2014