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 Post subject: Communal Christmas drabble - started 08.12.15
PostPosted: 06 Dec 2015, 19:27 
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Does anyone fancy taking part in a communal Christmas drabble? This is not to rival the advent drabbles in anyway, but I found the start of a Christmas drabble I wrote last year and never got far with, and I thought it could be turned into a communal drabble if people are up for it?

It would have to be posted on here as I have no idea how to do a communal drabble on the SDL.

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 Post subject: Re: Communal Christmas drabble?
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Ooh, gofrit! Communal drabbles are always fun (and, I think, permitted in Stacie Benson?).

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Ok, well I am going to start it off...

It isn't set in any particular time period I don't think.


Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through house,
Nothing was stirring,
Not even a mouse.

Actually that isn’t quite true. Something was stirring and it was considerably larger than a mouse. Also, it wasn’t the night before Christmas, it was the night before the end of term, although that did mean the night before Christmas would be in a few days. Or, to be strictly accurate, in a few nights. And, to be fair, there were actually a few mice scurrying around the Middle’s Common Room, picking up any remaining bits of tuck that the girls had left. Anyway, I digress, something was stirring. Something dangerous. Something large. Something like Nell Wilson.

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"Why I should have to be the one to dress up as Father Christmas, I don't know," she muttered to herself. "Do I look like a big fat man with a white beard? Oh well, at least it means I'll get to bag all the mince pies and glasses of sherry that the girls've left out, and I'm sure I'll find somewhere to shove Rudolph's carrots. Actually ... no, better not. Now, all I need to decide is what I'm going to do to Jo Bettany to get her back for falling on top of me at that stupid Fairy Tales sale."

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As MIss Wilson thought these words, snow was falling gently outside the school building, and the Maynard's car was picking its way carefully across the snow-covered road as Jack returned from a long and difficult day at the Sanatorium. Joey heard the sound of the engine and dashed to the kitchen to prepare coffee and sandwiches for him, it being a rare night off for Anna.

Looking back towards the school, Dr. Jack thought for a moment he saw Father Christmas. But shook his head thinking he was over-tired, and entered his home, shouting robustly for his wife.


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"I've just made you some delicious sandwiches", she said, emerging from the kitchen clutching an ominously piled plate. "Sauerkraut and marmalade, with a slice of smoked salmon..."

Jack gagged and looked sternly at his wife. "I thought I had made it clear that the next time you produced something like that I would force the results down your throat? Now just go back into the kitchen and cut some cheese and pickle ones and chuck those in the bin"

Joey flounced out of the room, muttering to herself about old fogies and stick-in-the-mud husbands.

ETA (Hmm just noticed we seem to be in a time travel scenario, not sure if it's intentional or not :? )

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cestina wrote:
ETA (Hmm just noticed we seem to be in a time travel scenario, not sure if it's intentional or not :? )


:( no, accidental.


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Jayne wrote:
cestina wrote:
ETA (Hmm just noticed we seem to be in a time travel scenario, not sure if it's intentional or not :? )


:( no, accidental.

Ah well, we'll just have to work with it :D

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Meanwhile, in Leafy Dormitory, one small pupil was tossing and turning, unable to get comfortable, unable to relax on this last night of term, whether from excitement or incipient scarlet fever it would be difficult to tell ...

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Matron, who always slept with one ear open, heard the small pupil's tossing and turning from the other end of the school and was out of bed and into her slippers and dressing gown in a moment. Seizing her emergency night kit, whose contents included bandages, a thermometer, a flask of hot milk, several bottles of her infamous patent doses, and the home telephone numbers of every doctor at the San, she set forth on her quest to discover what latest calamity was about to befall the Chalet School.

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She paused at several dormitory doors, but found nothing amiss until she came to Leafy. Here she could hear the steady breathing (and a few gentle snores) of seven sleeping schoolgirls. However the sounds coming from the eighth cubicle were very different. She crept in and found Con Maynard, eyes closed and muttering wildly, struggling to get out of bed.

Meanwhile Father Christmas (aka Nell Wilson) had also heard something and came to investigate. She also appeared through the curtains of Con's cubicle, and in doing so tripped over her too-big boots and landed with a crash, waking Con who screamed loudly "Father Christmas is real!" before falling back into a dreamless and peaceful sleep.


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Nell stood up and then stared at Con in bewilderment. She realised that she must have indulged rather too freely in Santa's sherry earlier in the evening. Otherwise how could she possibly have thought she was back in the days when Joey had crash-landed on her?

Fortunately Matey was too preoccupied with Con to notice Nell's somewhat-the worse-for wear state and Nell slithered out of the room before she could be taken to task.

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However, it was difficult to slither when you were dressed up as a jolly fat man, and Nell managed to get herself stuck in the doorway.

"Dammit! Why can't Santa Claus be a snake?" she muttered.

At the word 'dammit' Matron's head whipped round to see who had uttered such a profanity, and was somewhat gobsmacked to see Santa (Nell's fake beard had been very expensive and also looked just like the real thing) swearing and trapped in the door of Leafy.

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Unknown to anyone, except her late sister, Matron had a phobia of Santa Claus. As a child, she had refused to hang up a stocking in her bedroom, for fear of a strange man entering it in any way. At the sight of Santa, stuck in Leafy dormitory's doorway, her well-known self-control deserted her utterly. With a scream like a banshee, Matron ran down the corridor, leaving a trail of suddenly-woken schoolgirls in her wake as well as scattered bandages and broken bottles.

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Meanwhile back at Freudesheim, Joey's mind had moved off sandwich combinations (at least of the food sort).

"Ja-aack," she cooed softly. "Please dress up as St Nicholas again...
it's our last chance before the girls come home from school tomorrow. I must say it was a brainwave to have them as boarders even though the school is next door."

Cold, tired and hungry, Jack nevertheless brightened. This role play had really livened things up, especially the possibilities of Joey's lime-green demon tail....

At that promising moment, however, there came a loud knocking on the door.


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With a few long strides, Jack threw open the door to find Tristram Denny outside, in the snow without a hat or coat and very much not himself. It wasn't clear whether he was ill, injured or just plain drunk. Jack pulled him inside, settled him in his study and called to Jo for hot coffee and blankets.


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It took Jack only a few minutes to realise that Mr Denny was drunk. The vital clue that gave this away was when Jack removed Mr Denny's coat and four empty bottles of gin fell out.

Mr Denny lurched forwards and gazed madly into Jack's eyes. "He is here.." he slurred. "I've seen him. The Fat Man. We are all doomed..." and then he passed out.

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"Does he mean Father Christmas?" Jo asked in confusion.

Jack shook his head. "Far, far worse than that," he said grimly. "He means Jem. Well, he has put on a fair bit of weight lately: he doesn't get much exercise since he was thrown out of the golf club in Llan-y-Penllan for administering doses to anyone he thought was playing too slowly and getting in his way. It was supposed to be a surprise, but Madge and Jem have come to visit for Christmas. Unfortunately, I think they've been looking into some of the goings-on at the School and the San ..."

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"Oh no!" gasped Joey. "Not the..."

"I'm afraid so," said Jack, with a grim look on his normally cheerful face.

"But first, what are we going to do about him?"

Joey looked at the prostrate body of the school's singing master. "There's no avoiding it," she announced. "We'll have to call on Gaudenz."


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Meanwhile, back at the Chalet School, Nell was still stuck in the doorway of Leafy dorm.

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