It's December and Christmas is coming at us fast. Santa and his elves have undoubtedly been updating their lists of who has been naughty and who has been nice. Over the years, many, many, fine stories have been written about the superhuman and possibly supernatural efforts of Santa to get gifts to all the nice boys and girls. However, there has always been a persistent rumor that sometimes naughty boys and girls get lumps of coal or bundles of switches for Christmas instead of toys.
For today's writing prompt, create a tale of a child who gets --
a lump of coal.
Consider things like what did the child do to deserve a lump of coal for Christmas? Where did Santa get the coal? Who mined it? How is coal delivered to the naughty children?
Since there are a lot of naughty boys and girls out there, make your tale a good one. Straighten those kids out before they get in more serious trouble.