A Storm on Christmas´ Eve - first chapter
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Hi guys! Merry Christmas! Here is a Christmas short, with
ideas from you people! Credits at the end of the story. I present to you, “A Storm
on Christmas’ Eve”, enjoy.
A Storm on
Christmas is right around the corner, with
seven days left for all the toys to be ready, Billy and Inky, two elves working
at Santa’s toy factory, went to work early along with the other elves to make
use of the remaining time.
“Do you think we can make it on time?”
Inky asked Billy, his voice squeaky as always. “We still have quite a lot of
“That’s what you say every year.” Billy
replied. “Come on Inky, we elves have been doing this job for countless of
thousands of years, and we always finish the job since the beginning of it,
have some faith my friend.”
“But something felt different this year”
Inky said, looking at his pointed boots as they walked through the snow.
“That is also what you say every year.”
Billy said. “Nothing bad won’t happen, just like every other year.”
“Isn’t that… one of our tools?” Inky
pointed towards a shiny object on the snow a few paces away and ran towards it.
“Inky, you’re overthinking… this?” Billy
voice drowned out when he stopped in his tracks. There is a trail dragged
through the snow.
From the way the snow parted, Billy
deduced that it was made by something heavy being dragged across the snow from
the direction of the factory. The trail ended next to him, where it looked like
as if the heavy object was slowly lifted up into the air.
“Billy!” Inky called out, waving a shiny
hammer in the air. “It is one of our tools! How did it get here though, we are
still minutes away from the factory.”
Putting the pieces together, Billy called
out to Inky. “We need to hurry to the factory, I fear we have a break in.” he
said and hastened his pace, storming past Inky and his shiny hammer.
“See! I knew something was wrong!” Inky
shouted after Billy and ran after him.
“Sheesh Billy, why do you have to be so
fast?” Inky panted as they finally got to the factory. A few elves are already
there before them. They were all gathered outside the factory, instead of being
inside working. “What’s all this?”
“Is there a break in?” Billy asked the
nearest elf in charge. “Did we lose anything? Are the toys still here?”
“There is a break in sadly, Billy.” the
elf replied. “Fortunately the thief left the toys alone. But…”
“But what?” Billy urged.
“But it seems like all the reindeers that
are able to do the trip on Christmas are missing, along with most of our tools,
a few of the elves… and one of the old sleighs.”
“WHAT!” Billy bellowed at the news. “How
is Santa going to give out the presents then?”
“Do not worry Billy, they took the
able-bodied ones, but they didn’t take the young reindeers.” the elf said. “If
we hurry up and train them properly, they’d be ready for Christmas.”
“But what about the stolen tools?” Billy
asked. “Without them, I fear we won’t make it before the deadline.”
“For that… some sleepless nights would
cover for that.” the elf answered. “We still have enough tools left to make it,
though it takes more time.”
“Stealing tools from
the factory… why would anyone do this to the toy factory?” Billy said.
“That… I do not know, Billy. Leave it to
the investigators, I’m sure they’ll find something.”
Billy and Inky went around the factory to
see for themselves. Most of the factory were not even touched, the tool racks
being the only thing ransacked.
“That’s weird... Why would someone just
take the tools but leave everything else behind? It’s like… going to the
blacksmith’s to steal his hammer!” Inky said.
we can’t do much about this other than finishing our job before the deadline.
Hope you’re ready to stay up late for the rest of the week.” Billy said,
letting out a deep breath as he took the hammer from Inky and went to work.
The day after, it started to rain heavily
all across the North Pole. The storm was uncalled for, as the weather should be
clear at the end of the year, as it always has been.
Reports of the sighting of a massive
winged creature were increasing by the day. Making things worse, more and more
elves are vanishing with each sighting. Even the head elf Billy talked to the
other day vanished from his home, the only clue being the massive footprints
around his home.
“Oh no, Billy? Do you think they took my
cats?” Inky half-panicked. “I know, I’ll bring them to work from now on.”
“I doubt that anyone can take all your
cats, even if they have two of Santa’s rucksacks.” Billy mused, picking up a
peg and placing it over its position to be hammered.
“I’m scared Billy.” Inky said, painting a
“Everyone is, Inky.” Billy answered,hammering a wooden peg into place. “If this
storm keeps up, old Santa can’t even get off the North Pole without being struck
“Good gracious!” Inky exclaimed. “If he
can’t leave the North Pole… then… then…”
“The presents won’t be delivered.” Billy
finished the sentence for him.
“That’s horrible! We can’t have that
happening! Billy, we can’t let it ruin Christmas!”
“We all know that Inky.” Billy said,
putting down the finished toy and picking up the next. “Get back to work, we
have much to do.”
Time flies, and now it is Christmas
morning. The remaining elves, now half the number of what they used to be, woke
from their short nap and finished the paint job on the remaining toys.
“And that’s the last of them.” Inky said,
putting down the paintbrush in his hands. “Billy, I’m sleepy…”
“Now that we have done our part in
finishing the toys… Jimmy!” he called out to the elf given the job to train the
young reindeers for the trip. “Are the reindeers ready?”
“They are a bit nervous, but they’ll make
it through!” Jimmy’s voice came through the corridor. He came in, leading a
herd of young reindeers that are dragging a sleigh.
The elves then gather to stuff all the
finished toys into Santa’s rucksack. But then, it was interrupted by the
crashing of one of the windows.
“What was that?” one of the elves asked,
turning towards the source of the noise.
“LOOK!” an elf shouted, pointing at
something outside the broken window. Outside, amidst the raging snow, hail and
rain, a great head of a pale blue, reptile-like creature was staring back at
the elves. “D-D-DRAGON!”
If the mere sightings of the creature is
enough to make the elves shake in their boots, imagine what the presence of a
dragon can do! The elves instantly panicked, running and trying to get as far
away from the dragon as possible. The reindeers struggled against the reins
that linked them to the sleigh, despite Jimmy’s efforts to calm them down.
The dragon forced its way through the
window, showering more shattered glass pieces at the elves. It took a few
moments, as it seemed to have trouble getting its body through, but in the end
the dragon was in the hall with the elves, its massive leathery wings
Well, Santa’s toy factory does have some ‘fun’
security measures. A few life sized wooden nutcrackers marched into the hall,
their teeth gnashing to make a loud cracking noise along with the heavy stomps
of their boots. These are creations of some of the finest elves, made of iron
wood to make sure that they can take quite a beating.
Most of the elves took the chance to flee,
when the dragon is distracted by the nutcrackers. “Come on Billy! We need to
go!” Inky shouted, pulling Billy’s sleeve.
“No, something’s not right with the
dragon…” Billy said, staring at the dragon’s movements. Being one of the toy
factory’s elves in charge of making sure the toys work as they should, Billy
has developed a keen sense of studying movement. “It’s not moving like what a
real dragon should…”
Observations gathered in Billy’s mind. ‘The dragon seem to be able to move at most
two limbs at a time. Its roar is monotonous, as if recorded. And the sound made
when the dragon’s tail hit the nutcrackers sounded too dull to be bone…
Recorded roars, restricted movement, solid bone structure… It’s a toy…’
Billy came to a realization. The dragon is a toy.
The dragon turned around, letting its tail
smack the nutcrackers out of the way. It took a few great steps towards the
trapped reindeers and gobbled them whole, along with poor old Jimmy, who has
Santa’s rucksack. All that’s left was the sleigh, with its snapped reins.
After that, the dragon seemed to have lost
interest and went out the way it came in, leaving the workshop in a mess. With
a great flap of its powerful wings, it took off. But then it can’t fly, maybe
because of the amount of weight it has eaten, and it began to run instead.
The elves came out from hiding, and began
panicking once more. With the young reindeers gone, there’s nothing to pull the
“Inky, call out your cats.” Billy said.
“What for?” Inky said.
“We’re chasing after the dragon.”
Elves who overheard their conversation
gasped. “What, are you bonkers?” “It’s dangerous!”
“The dragon is not a dragon. It’s a toy.”
Billy announced. “Inky, the cats?”
“Gimme a sec Billy!” Inky said and started
to whistle a cheery tune.
Moments later, Inky is surrounded by so
many cats, their combined meows drowned out his whistling.
“Inky, get them linked the sleigh.”
“But the reins are broken…”
“Cookies and Milk! What happened here?”
Santa’s voice was heard. “Looks like someone’s naughty today.”
“Santa!” the elves cried. “Christmas is
“Mr. Santa.” Billy asked. “We need your
help, can you fix the reins so that Inky’s cats can let us chase after the
“Well, it’s Christmas! Of course I will! I
can’t fix it, but I can make a new one!” Santa said, and began to rub his
gloves. “Here we go, ho ho ho!”
Out of nowhere, reins appeared on the sleigh
and the cats. “There you go Billy. Inky,” Santa turned to the elf. “That’s a
lot of cats.”
“We have got no time to waste, Inky, get
on!” Billy said. “Thank you Santa! We will bring the elves back I promise!” he
said and they took off, the cats meowing.
“After the trail!” Inky shouted and off
Along the road, Inky began to sing:
Dashing through the snow,
In a one hundred cat sleigh.
Dragon’s lair we go,
On a Christmas’ day!
Bells on bob cats ring,
Making Christmas right.
Santa, Inky’s gonna bring
The lost toys home tonight!
Meow meow meow!
Meow meow all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride,
In a one hundred cat sleigh.
Meow meow meow!
Meow meow all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride,
In a one hun-dred cat sleigh…
“Come on Billy, sing with me!” Inky said.
“We don’t have time for that.” Billy said
“And you know very well I can’t sing. There it is!” he pointed at a cave in front
of them. They stopped outside the cave and went in, cautious.
“It all started to make sense…” Billy
said. “At first the tools were stolen, with some elves and the sleigh … They
were used to make the toy dragon… They must have needed more elves, that’s why
the dragons are kidnapping the elves…”
They got into a large cavern and spotted
the toy dragon, now without its skin layer. It is a great steel contraption,
with reworked sleigh working as a body, also as to help the contraption fly.
Underneath the sleigh are where water
sprinklers and a few loose wires are set. They must have used the sprinklers to
spray water into the nearby clouds and charge them with electricity with those.
Behind the sleigh is a cage, with the
young reindeers, Jimmy and the rucksack in it, and they are being led out by,
to Billy and Inky’s surprise, the reindeers who went missing since the break
in. The reindeers let them out and ushered them to the next cavern.
“Come on Inky.” Billy said and tiptoed his
way to the next cavern.
“Undercover Inky reporting sir.” he
whispered and rolled on the ground after him.
Billy took a quick look into the next
cavern, the missing elves are all there, Miley, Timmy, Lily… all there, working
on some toy dragon parts. They all have their legs tied to the table, the knots
placed out of reach of their short arms.
“Inky, go and untie the knots on that
aisle, I’ll untie those over there.” Billy said and snuck under one of the
tables and began untying, while telling the freed elves to remain seated and be
It took a while, but they did it in the
end. And all the freed elves, and Billy and Inky, stood up and went to the next
cavern, where the reindeers are.
They were stopped by two adult reindeers blocking
the path. It let out a few loud grunts and from behind them, dozens of miniature
toy dragons marched forth.
Inky laughed and let out a whistle that
echoed through the cave. His cats came into the scene, obviously outnumbering
the toy dragons.
Both sides came to a standstill when a
loud grunt came from behind the two reindeers. They parted and a much larger
reindeer came into sight, his nose red.
“Rudolph, why are you doing this?” Billy
All he got in answer is a multitude of
grunts and wheezes. And the two reindeers next to him seem to nod and let out a
wheeze in approval, to whatever Rudolph just said.
“What did he say?” Billy asked. “Jimmy do
you understand them?”
“No I don’t.” he answered. “They all understand
English for all I know.”
“Wait.” Inky said, lifting up a cat. “Ol’
Grumpy here understands. Grumpy, what did he say?” Inky asked the cat and the
brown patched cat meowed a few times and Inky nodded.
“This is getting weirder by the second.”
Jimmy whispered to Billy.
“M-Hmm, okay…” Inky said and turned to the
elves. “Grumpy said, that Rudolph said, that the reason the reindeers are doing
this is because that they hated Christmas due to the fact that they have to fly
around the world within a night, which is already a tiring feat, with the
addition of pulling the sleigh with fat Santa and his rucksack full of toys
adding to the burden.”
“Ho ho ho! Rudolph… you naughty little boy…”
Santa joined the elves. “Cookies and milk… I think I lost five pounds for running
“Santa, we dragged you here.” a few elves appeared behind him.
“Now Rudolph, it’s not nice to ruin Christmas
you know?” Santa said, ignoring the elves. Rudolph nodded.
“I am defeated, he says.” Inky translated.
“Ho ho, Inky, there’s no need of
translation, I understand him. I looked after him ever since he’s a cute little
“He says you’re embarrassing him.” Inky
“Santa. What about the storm outside?” Jimmy
“Oh, it cleared out when we arrived here.”
he patted his belly.
“Without the dragon to water the clouds,
the clouds ran out of water and returned to normal I see.” Billy said.
“Yay!” Inky leaped. “We saved Christmas!”
And the cavern was filled with cheers and
That night, the sleigh was removed from
the dragon and Santa’s rucksack was retrieved. The reindeers are once more back
to pulling the sleigh. The elves and Inky’s cats all gathered around Santa, the
sleigh and the reindeers outside the cave.
“All set Mr. Santa.” Jimmy said, loading
the heavy rucksack onto the back of the sleigh.
“Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!” Santa said. “Let’s
Rudolph grunted and the reindeers took off
to the skies.
“Rudolph said he hate his job.” Inky said,
listening to Grumpy.
“We all do, Inky, we all do.” Billy said,
looking at the sleigh as it slowly shrunk to a dot in the sky.
Evil Necropolis Wolf –
“I was watching anime called "Wolf´s
Rain" so I was thinking of "Santa´s Cloudburst" or
"Reindeer Torrent." (Sorry I still have show on my mind, I kinda
chose words that were related to rain.) Plot, I was thinking of something went
wrong with Christmas and they had to fix it in some way; if something bad
happen to they would say "Let´s meet again at the North Pole." (I´m
trying to stay way from the Wolf´s Rain plot as much as possible, but the one
saying show kept popping into my head. The one saying was "Let´s meet
again in paradise.")”
Maddy !! – “i just recently watched a film called Grumpy
cats christmas and that inspired me of how to write a christmas book check it
Ivor – “Inky and the grumbling rumpus. Take it from
Jeff the Wolf – “Billy The Elf”
Jeff the Wolf – “it can be like theres this ice dragon thing
at the north pole and tries to eat the elves and billy the elf must defeat teh
dragon lol i dunno XD”
Jeff the Wolf… Again –
it turns out teh dragon was a robot BEING CONTROLLED BY TEH REINDEERS DUN DUN
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