Santa’s Grotto


Sophie sighed. I’m bloody exhausted, weeks planning for Christmas, no social life. Now a disciplinary hearing.

She studied the young man, dressed as Santa Claus, who sat opposite her. He seemed perfectly calm and confident. What a gorgeous guy.

She cleared her throat. “It’s alledged that there was an incident in your grotto. It’s my duty as mall manager to investigate.”

Santa nodded.

Very self-assured. “Did you have sex with a young woman dressed as an elf?”


“But she went in and you closed the grotto for fifteen minutes.”

“My break.”

“A witness said it sounded like you were having sex. The woman left, looking flushed and dishevelled.”

“And very happy.”

Sophie checked her notes. “Um, yes, she did.” She looked up. “What transpired?”

“She’s a friend who came to tease me. She told me she’d been a naughty girl.”


He paused. “I spanked her.”

Sophie stared at him for a several seconds, then swallowed. “What?”

“Entirely consensual. We’re friends-with-benefits. She loves being spanked and gets noisy when she’s excited.”

I should dismiss him but fuck the rules. She got up, locked the door and sat on his knee. “Santa,” she whispered. “I’ve been a very naughty girl.”

© 2015 Ian D Smith. All rights reserved. Content may not be copied or used in whole or part without written permission from the author.

About the Author Ian Smith

I’m a professional scientist with a career spent primarily in health care. I live in the south-west of England with my wife and our modest menagerie, currently two horses, two dogs and three guinea pigs. My wife wants to keep chickens too.

My career has involved writing really exciting and stimulating scientific papers, technical reports and dissertations… Okay, important and worthwhile, but not “me”. I started writing general interest factual articles and features, as well as preparing and giving public talks. These allow my butterfly mind and insatiable curiosity to go off and play nicely together.

Then my curiosity turned towards fiction. My first efforts were dire, of course, but I hope I’m starting to get the idea a bit now. I’ve had several short stories published in anthologies, as well as three novellas. Supportive and encouraging feedback from other contributors to the ERWA “storytime” mailing list has been a huge help.

I’ve always read for relaxation and now I write as a creative hobby. I hope some readers enjoy my efforts.

Joining in the Sunday “flashers” with ERWA has been great fun and exposed me to a wide variety of work by other authors. Their examples and feedback continually help my writing to develop. I felt very flattered when approached about taking a turn as the flasher gallery editor.

And yes, I’d rather like to keep chickens too. Just a bit tricky in a small urban garden with two hyperactive terriers…

My third novella, “From The Top (Merely Players 3)” has just been published by Fireborn.

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