Story Title: Nicholas Was...
From: Smoke and Mirrors
Author: Neil Gaiman
Nicholas is a old man forced by dwarfs to deliver presents to children.
"He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher."
This is perhaps the shortest short story I have ever read. It is literally four paragraphs. It's a surprisingly interesting four paragraphs. It took me a second after reading it to realize that the story is actually a dark tale about St. Nicholas a.k.a Santa Claus. It's definitely not very jolly, but it made me think and it's very amusing in an ironic way. In addition, it's a quick read.