The Rebellion Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-Three
1 year ago
Advent, day twenty-three: a hush descends upon the battlefield. Both sides have exhausted themselves, and neither has it in them to charge their brethren even once more. Stalemate.
A voice cries out from the rebel lines.
Rudolf strides forward from the command bunker.
‘Let’s end this, you and I. Here, now. Come forward, coward!’
Silence, a lifetime long. Then, the ground shakes. Black boots crunch through the discarded wrapping paper and mistletoe. Claus has come.
‘Let’s dance, red-nose.’
Rudolf and Santa charge at each other across No Elf’s Land. The clash with an almighty roar, and time seems to slow. Teary-eyed elves watch Claus and Rudolf wrestle in the filthy snow. Rudolf nips at Santa’s fingers. Claus rams a half-eaten mince pie in Rudolf’s ear.
The two battle for what seems like hours, until Santa steps on an upturned piece of Lego and cries out in agony. Rudolf moves in for the coup de grace but becomes entangled in a cluster of sellotape and crashes to the ground.
And with that, the two titans, both injured, retreat into the night. Christmas is close now, and the Santa Wars threaten all...
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