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12 days of Christmas...

By boxfiddler Moderator ·
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The game:
Using TR as a backdrop, create a Christmas Eve narrative.

The rules:

1. Christmas Eve in the village of TR is the subject.
2. Minimally, your portion of the narrative should involve you, and the member to whom you respond.
3. Other characters should be limited to TR members, and tidbits of information we know about you, and them, via TR posts.
4. The disappearing ?traditional spirit of the season? message should come through to some degree.
5. The entirety of the posts should be somewhere near coherent as one story when viewed in Print/View All.
6. It could be a good idea to leave room to expand in order to carry on for awhile. B-)
7. Should be a third-person narrative, please.
8. Only entries to the ongoing narrative will be awarded thumbs, and only those entries that meet the above listed requirements.

Commentary is welcome, as are emoticons, Christmas music, pictures, references to posts made by members; all within the context of the storyline.

It was Christmas Eve in the frequently fussy but magical village of Tech Republic. A hard, cold winter had set in. The kind that brings things to a grinding halt with lots and lots of snow. By mid-December major thoroughfares were closed to travelers. Villagers were restless.

The sky glowered, periodically sputtering snowflakes big as a fist. After an hour or two during which not much more than conversation and coffee with a few of the townsfolk took place, the local boxfiddler closed shop early and headed home. No sooner had she locked the door than snow began to fall slowly and steadily.

As she walked, she grinned broadly at the beauty the snow brought. When she thought no one was looking, she danced about a bit with her tongue out to catch the snowflakes, dim memories of childhood broadening her grin.

She stopped at NickNielsen?s shop for groceries, having invited some folk for dinner Christmas Day. Then, on to ScummyCands for TheScummyOne?s world famous homemade toffee. Plenty to do this afternoon, including some baking of her own. She still hadn?t finished with Christmas cookies, and had promised the local welder some homemade raisin bread.

Afternoon settled into evening. As dusk came on the snow began to fall in blizzard like fashion. Having completed her baking, as well as prep for Christmas dinner, boxy settled in for a peaceful Christmas Eve. The fire glowed warmly. She added a log to the fire, poured a snifter of blackberry brandy, and shut off the lights. Basking in the fire to her back, awed by the raging blizzard to her front, she quickly fell into deep reverie.

edit: fix NickNielsen, and a couple redundancies while I was at it.

edit again: it might be worth noting that TR members are residents of Tech Republic village. B-)

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OnTheRopes says, "I, for one, do not want to see Tammy in the bathroom".

by OnTheRopes In reply to Donation appreciated...

"Where's my brain bleach?"

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A slight outburst from MJ as he tossed his script on the floor

by Michael Jay In reply to OnTheRopes says, "I, for ...

You are so right Ropes.

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A not-so-slight outburst from boxy

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to OnTheRopes says, "I, for ...

as she wrangles with serious disappointment.
boxy wouldn't snoop in anybody's gift bag in the first place. And she sure as hell wouldn't be messing with germy cameras from a sick person. And she sure as hell wouldn't be lurking outside a bathroom door to snap a pic of the poor, sick person as they leave the bathroom.

There's crude, and then there's rude and disgusting. It's a Christmas thread for crying out loud.


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by tcavadias Staff In reply to OnTheRopes says, "I, for ...

I could use a gallon (or two)... never meant to offend - was thinking more along the lines of a green face.. not that other thing <oh well>... well I never claimed to be writer... but it is time for me to head back to bed.

-Tammy :-)

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to OnTheRopes says, "I, for ...

I woulda let it alone, but it started going a bit south. Do get some rest - if you have the same bug I had, you need plenty. Sucker did me in for nearly a week.

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A knock at the door and

by Michael Jay In reply to Glancing at the emptying ...

Boxfiddler answers, it is Michael Jay, back from his shop, with a big bag of presents.

Michael knows that it is not about the presents but knew if he re-entered Boxies house he would get a second hug, not a dumb dude at all.

After another warm hug Michael says, "Let me put these gifts under the Christmas tree, we shall open them at midnight?"

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"Would you like a brandy, Michael?"

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to A knock at the door and

she asked as she took his coat and hat. As she ushered him to a seat near the fire, he replied, "Yes, thank you." boxy headed to the kitchen for another bottle of brandy, checking the snifters of the remaining guests as she went.

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Boxie returns with fresh drinks

by Michael Jay In reply to "Would you like a brandy, ...

Michael thanks Boxie and passes her a memory stick, Michael says "here is one of those Christmas lights videos, it starts out slow but then really dances."
Boxie eyes the thumb drive with a look of, please not one of those videos, but it is Christmas eve and so she decides to be nice to the poor boy and plugs it in.

After it plays Boxie, Tigger and Nick all agree that was alright, and at one and a half minutes, short enough.

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"Way cool!"

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Boxie returns with fresh ...

shouts boxy, with a gleeful look on her face. And wouldn't you know it, she pulls out her own favorite dancing lights.

(The room goes momentarily silent at her exuberance, as she blushes.)


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Nick, not to be outdone

by NickNielsen In reply to "Way cool!"

makes his own, less exuberant, contribution.

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