Flashes of Sanity #154: Broken Crown

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Today’s entry: Broken Crown

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It was red and white, but under the fluffy white Dale felt the heavy cold metal. Carl collapsed the moment he let go of the hat. Just as all the elves did.
I hope I made the right choices, Dale thought.
He tore the red away from the hat and broke the white apart. The dark circle came out into the light. The darkness capable of controlling an entire species of elves.
One of the elves fell to the asphalt. It didn’t react as its nose broke.
One more choice to make, Dale thought. He pushed his hands against the metallic circle. It cracked in four pieces.
“What are you doing?” Donald Diamond asked.
“I am guessing,” Dale said. He glanced at the army of elves.
Still nothing but empty bodies.
Then a head with a bleeding nose lifted from the asphalt. A hand wiped the blood away. Faces that once was empty looked at each other.
“I guess you were correct,” Cassandra Crisis said.
Dale shook his head. “We don’t know that yet.”
The faces turned towards the men and women who just crushed other men and women between bricks and asphalt. They saw the broken crown.
“Thank you,” an elf said. “You saved us. How can we ever repay you?””
“We only saved ourselves,” Dale said. “You don’t owe us anything.”
Dale felt the thousands of eyes scanning him and his friends.
Please believe us, he thought.
“Thank you,” the elf said again.
The tension in Dale’s shoulders let go. He inhaled his first breath since he broke the crown.
“What will you do now?”
“We will go home,” the elf said. “We will do the only thing that ever made us happy.”
“I want to feel them smile again as they open a present,” another elf said.
“What will you do with the crown?”
Dale looked at the crown in his hands. “We will make sure the pieces are hidden so no one can make it whole again.”
“That is good news.” The elf whistled and a horde of reindeers with sleighs came flying from the sky.
“We truly hope you keep that promise.”
Dale watched as the thousands of elves left.
“I will make sure we keep it,” he said.

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