Flashes of Sanity #155: Home

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Today’s entry: Home


The elf walked through the door. The cold outside didn’t bother him. Yet, the warmth from the ever-churning fires melted an ice in his heart.
“What do we do now?” His friend asked. “We have no Santa and no Mrs. Claus. Who will tell us what to build?”
“We will,” the elf said. “We will learn to read the wishes from all the children, and we will learn how to deliver the presents. We will learn how to build happiness without them here.”
“Do you think we can?”
The elf picked a kettle and filled it with milk, he added cocoa and sugar.
“We are elves, if anyone can it is us!”
The hot chocolate simmered. The thousands of elves picked a cup each and lined up. They talked about all the happiness they would feel once a child got the toy of their dreams. They imagined the tickling warmth spreading in their bodies.
“Tinkle,” one elf said. “You are our fastest reader. You will be reading lists.”
“Really?” Tinkle close to exploded in a wide smile. “I would love that.”
“Trasky, you are best with the reindeers. You will learn how Santa made it through every home in one night without breaking a sweat.”
“Yes! That is my dream come true!”
Soon every task Mr. and Mrs. Claus had on their plate was delegated. Every elf burned with excitement. This would be the best Christmas ever.
This would be the Christmas they were free.

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